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Staying Healthy When the Weather Changes

When a new season approaches, it usually includes a change in the weather, and those changes can affect our bodies in more ways than more. While the temperatures prepare to drop this season, make sure to take the correct health precautions, and be aware of some of the main ways our health is affected by changes in the weather.
Immune System
In the winter months, you are more likely to spend time indoors, putting you in close contact with other people more often than your immune system may be used to. This can put you at a greater risk for cold and flu. To avoid getting sick this season, take these precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently and before eating
  • Get a flu shot
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep (8 to 10 hours a night)
  • Eat healthy and exercise
  • Protect others by covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, not your hands

Headaches & Migraines
Weather has been identified as the fourth leading trigger for migraines and headaches, and it occurs in approximately 50% of patients! Be sure to drink lots of water (yes, even when it’s cold outside), and talk to your doctor about solutions if symptoms persist.
Blood Pressure
During the colder months of the year, the diameter of your blood vessels tighten, which forces the heart to work even harder to pump blood throughout your body. This can cause your blood pressure to drop in the winter. If you see a drastic change in your blood pressure, though, be sure to watch your salt intake and your exercise levels, and make sure to consult your doctor.
Asthma
Extreme weather conditions or changes can often aggravate asthma symptoms. Inhaling cold air restricts airways and makes it more difficult to breathe. If you have asthma, make sure you are prepared to handle symptoms, wherever you go, when the temperatures begin to drop.
Staying Healthy with First Care Clinics
If you are worried about experiencing any of these symptoms as the seasons change this fall and winter, visit one of our many First Care Clinic locations. Our staff is dedicated to bringing you the highest quality care, in the timeliest manner, so you can get ahead of these potential issues and stay healthy. Contact us today or visit our website to find a location near you.