Rapid temperature changes could keep a doctor busy

By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - After rapid change in temperature over the last two days, more people are showing up at doctor's offices to complain of cold symptoms.

At American Family Care in Hoover, doctors are seeing more patients battling colds, strep throat, and even walking pneumonia. Dr. Don Abele said while the resurgence of cold weather may be to blame, if you take proper precautions you can reduce your risk of getting sick.

"Keep your hand washed. Don't eat after one another if you can, and coughing, just common courtesy, if you are going to cough, cough into your elbow," said Dr. Abele.

Doctors have mixed opinions if the change in weather can directly make you sick. Supporters of the theory said the sudden change can make it harder for your body to adjust to the outdoor temperature. That weakens your immune system.

Some doctors said the colder weather also can trigger existing conditions like asthma.

At the Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center in Homewood, Dr. Weily Soong said it is also a tough time of year for people with allergies. Dr. Soong said the spring allergy season is underway, and pollen counts on the rise. He said he has been busy treating new and old patients.

"The typical symptoms are runny nose, watery eyes," said Dr. Soong. "I think we will see more people as the season continues."

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