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Why Does Cold Weather Affect Rheumatisms
My friend sleeps most nights in a damp t-shirt will this make her sick especially in the cold weather?
Not particularly: Hi, I'd have liked to know why she sleeps in damp Tshirt? Intentionally or does she sweat causing Tshirt to become damp? If weather is cold maybe it's still too warm for her indoors. Most people find it unpleasant and cold to wear/sleep in damp clothing and dampness may cause skin irritation/chaffing but it won't make her catch a cold or other infection if that's what you mean by ill. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that cold weather doesn't give you a cold? And is there a difference between COLD and FLU? Thanks in advance
Yes: Colds and flu are more common in cold weather probably because the viruses persist longer and people are together indoors in more crowded conditions. Colds are caused by multiple different viruses such as rhinovirus and adenovirus and cause mainly nasal congestion and cough. Influenza is caused by different strains of influenza virus and have more systemic symptoms like fever, headache, and coug ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im finally getting over strep & don't want to relapse. Could the cold weather aggravate symptoms more than anything else? Should I stay clear of SOY?
Can get rechecked: One can get his throat rechecked if a lot of strep throat symptoms return. Cold weather can make a throat uncomfortable temporarily, due to breathing cold, dry air... but does not cause strep throat to relapse. Soy products are everywhere, and have no unusual effect on a normal person's throat. ...Read more
Supposedly, cold weather is not a direct cause of sickness. But, my nose gets runny in the cold (when i'm not sick and don't get sick). Why is this?
No: Cold weather does not make you sick, but it may seem so as there always seems to be something going "around" in winter. The exception might be babies who have respiratory problems such as asthma, where breathing cold air might trigger an episode. Also, breathing cold air makes your nose "runny" not because you are sick, but, the nose has to create moisture when the air is cold and dry. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Frostbite injury: Cold weather injury is most likely known as frostbrite. It can effect any part of the body but most commonly effects extremities. Treatment is directed at gentle (not rapid) rewarming of the effected part. Observation is subsequently monitored. Pathophysiology involves vascular occlusion and necrosis. Once tissues have demarcated, debridement and reeconstruction is instituted. ...Read more
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