How does cold weather affect your health?

    Colder temperatures are not to blame for respiratory illness spike this winter, says nurse practitioner (Clara Benitez/SBG) <p>{/p}

    EUGENE, Ore.- As we begin to see below average temperatures this time of year, you also might start to see some changes in your health.

    Angela Loveless, Nurse Practitioner from Peace Health’s Urgent Care, says the cold temperatures can't get you sick, but it’s the more frequent gatherings with people.

    “As people cluster inside when it's cold, most people do kind of stay inside around each other. And that’s when viruses are transferred around,” says Loveless.

    The best way to prevent from getting sick is to wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

    Some changes you will notice to your body is drier skin as you are exposed to more forced heat in your home and car. Loveless says you can prevent that with two things:

    “Making sure you are using a good moisturizer and drinking plenty of water to replace the moisture that you are losing just from your skin,” says Loveless.

    The icy temperatures can cause more accidents, and you should keep and eye out for children.

    “As the temperatures drop, there is more ice and people are more prone to falls,” says Loveless.

    The cold weather mainly effects the elderly, hikers, and people who consume excessive amount of alcohol.

    The best thing to do according to Loveless is to be alert of others around you.

    “If you know someone that is around you is ill, try to avoid contact with them and if you know you yourself are ill, stay home or seek treatment,” says Loveless.

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