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How Cold Weather Can Make You Sick

how cold weather can make you sick

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  • The common cold is triggered by a virus and not bacteria; it has easily recognizable symptoms, including runny nose, sore throat, itchy eyes and low-grade fever
  • Nearly 200 different viruses are responsible for cold symptoms and are passed through physical contact with the virus or by breathing exhaled viruses from an infected person
  • Researchers now know breathing colder fall and winter air affects the ability of the cells in your nose to react to an invading virus and thus may increase your risk of developing symptoms
  • Consider using natural strategies to prevent contracting a cold or to reduce the length of your symptoms, including exercise, sleep, raw honey, vitamins C and D, and hydrogen peroxide

By Dr. Mercola

The common cold is likely the most easily recognized illness. Symptoms include a runny nose, sore throat, itchy eyes and low-grade fever. The illness is usually mild, lasting one to two weeks and requires nothing more than supportive care at home. However, while mild, it often results in days of lost work, lost productivity and lost income.


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