Rain doesn’t just dampen our moods (and yes, that pun is intentional); it may also affect our physical health.
The Link Between Rainy, Cold Weather & Poor Health
If you’ve ever heard somebody in Huntsville say “I’m sick of the rain!”, they might mean that literally.
Damp, cold weather can worsen muscle aches and pains, especially in people who are susceptible to changes in barometric pressure that are associated with incoming storms. Blood vessel contractions may cause chest or body pain and achy joints and limbs. This is the body’s attempt to preserve heat, which leads to shivering and muscle pain. The best way to prevent this is to dress warmly. Alabamans are smart about this by dressing in layers when going outdoors, even if the sun is shining and it’s mild out.
Rainy, cold weather is the perfect breeding ground for mold. People with allergies may experience sneezing, nasal congestion and cough. To reduce your chances of suffering from fungi allergies, limit outdoor activities. Consider purchasing a dehumidifier for susceptible areas such as basements, and repair leaky pipes and other sources of water intrusion as soon as possible.
Not Just a Nose Problem
Congestion isn’t confined to the nasal passages. It may also extend to the ears, causing itchiness, pressure or fullness and temporary hearing loss. Blockages in the ear canals may lead to swelling and infection. Protect your ears from the cold and damp by wearing scarves, hoods or beanies outdoors. There isn’t anything you can do about the weather, but you can take precautions to avoid the worst Mother Nature dishes up.
If you’d like more information on staying healthy during the long rainy season, contact an ear, nose and throat doctor in Huntsville.