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today i heard at least 4 people say that they are hit with a bug like symtoms with the changing weather pattern..

is it just coincidence?

if not, is there any aspect of science that can explain this?

does the weather outside affect winter blues like getting hay fever etc..
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by:dansteck
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Cold dry air heated to room temperature can be dry enough to cause the sinus area to be dried out making germs breathed in easier to be absorbed into the body.  Some mucus helps keep germs flushed away from sensitive tissues.
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by:aburr
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"a bug like symtoms"
cold air does not produce "bugs" or germs.
but see dansteck for a way in which cold air may increase sensitivity to germs already in place.
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by:HyperAdvisor
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I don't think it's the cold, I think its the changeable weather

When the sun comes out people tend to shed a layer of clothing without thinking about it

That's fine for the few hours in the day when the temp is acceptable, but then the clouds come out / sun goes down / the rain starts and they are in the same clothes

only my opinion but...
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by:MWaal
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'bug like symptoms' is not well defiined.
When in cold weather people get cold, their resistance could be negatively influenced. Just the cold as such does not make you ill, it is the bacills and virusses that try to eat you that makes you ill. When you are in good state, the attack by bacills and virusses can be counteracted well.
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by:tliotta
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When weather is wet/cold, people also tend to be more clustered in smaller spaces for longer times. The simple increase in contact between people (either direct touching or touching the same objects, and breathing the same air) helps raise probabilities.

The psychology changes, too. There have been significant indications that mental attitudes can result in lowered resistance and increased symptoms. Less opportunity to move around freely outside or just from place to place can tend to increase depressed attitudes.

Tom
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by:nickg5
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I suffer from non-allergic rhinitus.
I have cold symptoms year round, despite no cold, and no flu, and no allergy.
The severity of the condition varies.
Sometimes, I sneeze in the shower because of the change in temperature from being outside the shower to getting in the shower.
Sometimes, my nose runs when I drink any liquid, whether it be hot or cold.
I can go from an air conditioned room to the outside and have cold symptoms.
Or the reverse, where I am outside where it might be, for example, 80 degrees and I go into a building with cold air conditioning.

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/nonallergic-rhinitis
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good info...
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