How the weather affects your health

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Here in the Wabash Valley we see just about everything from extreme cold to pollen-heavy springs. Now, how much does the weather affect your health? You’d be surprised.

“Lots of aches and pains, like yesterday I could feel it. I knew that the rain was coming,” said Anita Wilhem, who feels the change of the weather in her body.

Wilhem says she knows it is coming and can feel it in her bones before the stitch of a storm even moves in.

And health experts say there is a list of weather elements that have an influence on your health.

“I break it down to obvious and not obvious, the obvious ranges from overexposure to sun, heat stroke, and etc. Some of the not obvious things are migraines from barometric changes or humidity changes,” reports Dr. John Bolinger, Chief Medical Officer Union Hospital.

So there are many culprits for the weather body woes, from sun, sultry hot days and did you think about this even a strong thunderstorm can stir up health problems.

“Thunderstorms and the winds can actually pick up those pollens and deposit them deeper into your lung cavity or nasal passageways,” said Bolinger.

And it can be a double edge sword, doctors say the medicine you might take to help you feel better can have products in them that could make you feel worse if you’re not prepared.

“Antihistamines that people use for allergies, they have an anticholinergic effect, and that can affect your thermal regulation and dry out your mucus membranes, so there are some common over the counter medications that can predispose you to overheating and dehydration,” said Bolinger.

Health experts also say the change in seasons sometimes has a psychological effect on your mood, such as depression and sadness.

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