For many of us, a dip in temperature or a sudden spike in humidity may serve as water cooler chatter and maybe cause some annoyance, but that is generally where the fanfare starts and stops. Yet, weather changes can have a real impact on both your health and well-being. At CityMD, we have culled the data and come up with our list of the top eight ways that weather can truly affect the way we feel. Read on to learn more!
1. Allergies - Depending on pollen counts and other weather-related factors, allergy suffers may feel symptoms more acutely in the spring when flowers are sprouting and plants are growing.
2. Migraines - Stormy weather, dry air, and fluctuations in humidity have all been proven to contribute to migraine headaches.
3. Mood Swings - In the winter, seasonal affective disorder tends to affect people the most, causing severe bouts of depression. Warmer temperatures have been shown to boost positivity and improve moods.
4. Stiff Joints - On rainy days and generally damp or cold weather, joint pain tends to occur. Caused by swelling and inflammation of the joints plus a drop in physical activity, joint point affects nearly 70% of the population.
5. Heart Attack - In really cold weather, the heart needs to work overtime to keep your internal temperature up, which can put a strain on the organ, leading to heart attacks and other cardiovascular illnesses.
6. Asthma - Both thunderstorms and cold weather have been proven to cause inflammation of the lungs, leading to cough attacks and asthma.
7. Eczema - In the winter, dry weather and cold temperatures can truly do a number on the skin, causing itchy, red eczema symptoms to occur.
8. Blood Pressure - Science has shown that cold temperatures can cause an increase in blood pressure and hot weather can do the opposite. Most often, those of us aged 65 and older are the most susceptible to these fluctuations.
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