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Why Am I Always Sick in Winter Months?

By    |   Monday, 01 Dec 2014 10:56 AM

Question: With the colder weather, I always seem to have a cold, the sniffles, and a runny nose. Is it possible that cold weather is to blame? I don’t anybody else who is sick all winter long.
 
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
You are most likely as healthy as the rest of us. Winter is a stressful time, and is when rhinoviruses and adenoviruses come out to play in our nasal and oral passages.
 
But cold weather is only a stressor; it cannot cause the sniffles. Some patients do have cold-like reactions to colder temperatures, but your recurrent sniffles are most likely viral. It’s also possible you’re allergic to something that is more concentrated in your home during winter months — such as dust or dust mites — because we tend to shut our windows and doors up tight, which reduces ventilation.
 
In any case, you should see your doctor or allergist if your symptoms persist for more than six days to determine if you have a condition that predisposes you to frequent colds or congestion.
 

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