Temperature Changes and Colds

Temperature Changes and ColdsAlthough we typically think of the winter always being chilly, there are times in several parts of the country where it can be in the 60s or 70s one day and then plunge into the 30s or 40s the next. Many people believe there is a connection between big temperature changes and colds, but is that actually the case?

True or False?

When the temperature gets on a major roller coaster, a lot of people think that you can get sick as a result. But this is more folk wisdom than fact. Temperature changes and colds are really independent of each other. You could get on a plane in Miami where it’s 85 and fly to Chicago where it’s 25 and not become ill as a result – as long as you take the proper precautions.

You could very well come down with a cold when you get to the colder climate if you are not properly prepared. Simply planning your wardrobe correctly could help you avoid a problem. By simply having someone meet you at the airport with your coat, you would more than likely be safe.

Actually, what may seem to be a head cold could simply be an allergic reaction. In the winter, most of us tend to stay indoors more often, where we are susceptible to indoor allergens such as pet dander or dust mites. When you rake the leaves, you may be exposed to mold spores that can also cause allergies.

The outside temperature really cannot cause a cold – you need to be in contact with someone who has a virus in order to get sick.

So while temperature changes and colds really do not have a cause-and-effect relationship, you still need to dress appropriately to reduce your chances of coming down with an illness. If you do get sick, however, the experts with Questcare Urgent Care will be ready to help. Give us a call at (214) 989-3905 or contact us online to learn more.