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Is it true that you get sick as the seasons change?

By September 30, 2014 - 2:20pm
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As it's getting cooler and switching to fall, I've been feeling sick this week. Is it true that you can get sick when the seasons change?

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Hi Lindsay, and thanks for your question!

It does seem like each season brings on some type of medical condition or virus, doesn't it?

Autumn is back-to-school and children and college students who have been the picture of health all summer fall victim to all sorts of illness due to the increased human contact with people who come from all walks of life and may have been traveling extensively - bringing home with them more than memories.

Winter, in general, can be very difficult for some people. It's a typical time for flu and other upper respiratory illnesses that are very easily spread. Without a flu shot and/or a strong immune system, a person can be vulnerable. But even the healthiest person can succumb to these viruses because they are so easily spread. 

It's also harder to get out to exercise during the winter and seasonal affective disorder can affect some people, causing depression which in some cases can be quite severe. 

Spring and summer have other seasonal offerings in terms of ill-health. Allergies can very much affect a person's quality of life.  Constant air-conditioning is not good for us and unless air conditioning is of excellent quality, mold and other allergens can contribute to poor health during these seasons. 

Heat and sun can stop people from getting fresh air and heat exhaustion and sun related illness can occur as a result of very hot weather. 

Our immune systems get stronger as the seasons continue. They learn to fight things off and medications and vaccines can kick in. 

But as each new season begins, it brings along conditions the body is not used to, hence we sometimes fall victim to seasonal illnesses. 

The easiest and simplest way to stay healthy is to wash your hands properly and frequently with soap and hot water. 

Prepare for your allergies if you are susceptible to them, get a flu shot and make sure your office and home are as allergen free as you can realistically make them (germs are a part of life). Stay away from sick people. 

Has this information helped you? We hope you start feeling better soon!



September 30, 2014 - 5:30pm
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