Does drastic change in temperature affect your health?

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ERIE, Pa. — Temperatures are expected to reach into the 50s later this week in Erie, but what does this roller coaster of weather do to our bodies? Does the changing weather make you feel sick, crazy, achy, or all of the above?

If so, you are not crazy. It turns out that changes in weather systems can have a lot of effects on our body. It’s mostly when things are in flux that the implications for our bodies get interesting. Shifts between weather states have consequences for our sinuses, joints, and lungs.

As atmospheric pressure decreases, your blood pressure drops. Changing seasons and hot weather can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms, that’s especially true in the springtime. Barometric pressure can cause headaches for some, though the reason is unclear.  And low pressure could affect diabetics and the way the blood sugar is controlled on days of low-pressure systems. According to the Weather Channel, the weather’s impact on your body is so varied, there’s a whole scientific study devoted to it called Biometeorology.

But one thing medical professionals do know, the cold weather does not cause a cold or flu. True illness comes from what is happening inside not outside.

“When we have our heating systems on in our houses such as the fireplaces or furnace that dries out our mucus membranes and it becomes easier for us to spread germs to go back and forth,” UPMC physician Dr. Hutzel said. “Also, in cold weather, more people are indoors so you are exposed to more people and again there are holes in our mucus membranes because of the dryness.”

To help stop the frequency of colds this winter season, Hutzel suggests washing your hands frequently and using a humidifier to counteract some of that dryness in the air.

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