Are changing temperatures and sickness related?

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The weather can have a big impact on your mood as well as some activities you can do outside, but what about your health? When we experience temperatures in the seventies one day, and they drop down to the forties the next, are we more likely to catch a cold?

WVLT spoke with Dr. Laura Green at the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center to answer some of those questions.

"In general, it's a myth that changes in the temperature are what makes you sick. Viral illnesses are why you get sick. You get a cold from a viral infection," Dr. Green said.

When you can feel the on-set of a cold, you might try to consume more vitamin C, including orange juice. However, Dr. Green said that by that time, you are just going to have to let the cold run its course.

"The vitamin C itself is probably not going to help you get over the viral illness faster. Now, with any cold or illness, it's good to stay hydrated so drinking plenty of fluids is encouraged, but a viral illness has to run its course. Typically, that's going to be from anywhere from 7 to ten days," Dr. Green said.

Dr. Green said changes in temperatures and season changes can sometimes unveil your allergies.

"Changes in temperature frequently coincide with changes in season and there are going to be different allergens that are more prevalent in different seasons. So when we see the Spring warmth start, we see trees and grasses start to pollinate," Dr. Green said.

Another good reminder is good hygiene and frequent hand washing. Eating a well balanced diet and exercising regularly can also help you maintain good health.