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12/06/04 - East Texas

Sudden Changes in Weather Don't Make You Sick

by Ramonica R. Jones

Sudden changes in weather are often blamed for sudden illness. Doctors say 50-degree temperatures one week and 70-degree temperatures the next won't make you sick, but they can affect your allergies.

Something that can cause you to get sick is living in an environment that causes your mucus membranes to dry out. This usually happens when people try to adapt to a rapid drop or increase in temperature.

"One of the problems we have is that we do turn our heating units on, and we sometimes do let our houses get too dry, too hot," Woodland Heights physician Dr. Rick Martin says. "Sometimes, a humidifier does help people who do have underlying airway disease."

Older people are the most at risk for illness and infection in any type of weather. Doctors recommend they periodically check with the health department to see if flu shots and other immunizations are available.

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