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Good Question: Can A Change In Seasons Make Us Sick?

September 7, 2019


THE 3-YEAR-OLD HAD SCAM PERKED OFF. HAD SHE BEEN IN THE BATHROOM SMOKING CRACK, THEY MAY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENT DECISION. YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE SICK LIST IS A LITTLE LONGER AT WORK AND SCHOOL THESE DAYS. DOCTORS HAVE REPORT AN UPTICK OF STREP THROAT AND OTHER ILLNESSES. CAN A CHANGE OF SEASONS MAKE US SICK? GOOD QUESTION. WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THIS GOING AROUND THE OFFICE HERE. JOHN? YES, AMELIA, SOME OF OUR CO- WORKERS HAVE BEEN PUT THROUGH THE RINGER SO FAR THIS YEAR. BOTH MY KIDS WERE DIAGNOSED WITH STREP THROAT LAST WEEK. SO SOMETHING IS REALLY PICKED UP THIS SPRING. AND DOCTORS SAY BOTH ALLERGIES AND AIR CONDITIONERS CAN PLAY A ROLE IN THIS. I HAVE NOTICED A LOT MORE OF MY FRIENDS AND EVEN MY 10-YEAR- OLD SON COUGHING AND HAD TO BE STAYING HOME MORE THIS YEAR. FROM THE HOMEFRONT TO THE WORK FRONT. IT IS PRETTY COMMON TO SEE NUMEROUS PEOPLE ON THE SAME FLOOR BEING GONE WITH THE SAME ILLNESS. THE CALENDAR SAYS EARLY JUNE BUT THE HOSPITAL IS SEEING MORE CASES OF STREP THROAT. ONE GIRL GOT IT TWICE IN THE SPRINGTIME. SOME OF US ARE COLD WEATHER PEOPLE AND SOME ARE WARM WEATHER PEOPLE AND SAME THING WITH THE MICRO ORGANISMS. THE DOCTOR WITH THE HENNEPIN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER, SAYS STREP BACTERIA LIKES THE SPRING. AND EARLY SUMMER. THE STREP BACTERIA IS EVERYWHERE. AND IT IS I THINK FAR MORE RELATED TO THE HUMAN BEHAVIOR, THE INTERACTIONS THAT KIDS HAVE, OR WITH EACH OTHER, AND PROBABLY BEING MORE ACTIVE, THINGS LIKE THAT. Reporter: DR. HILDEN SAYS ALLERGIES ALSO PLAY A ROLE IN SPRING COLDS. PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALLERGIES THIS TIME OF THE YEAR CAN BECOME SUSCEPTIBLE TO OTHER THINGS. THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEMS ARE NOT EVERYTHING THEY SHOULD BE AND THEIR BODIES IMMUNE SYSTEMS ARE OVERREACTING AND SO THEN THEY CAN GET ILL. THERE IS THE COMFORT FACTOR THAT COULD BE CONTRIBUTING TO MORE DOCTOR VISITS. THERE IS A DEFINITE CONNECTION WITH HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING, PARTICULARLY AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS, WITH CERTAIN INFECTIONS. DR. HILDEN SAYS WHEN PEOPLE RUN THEIR AIR CONDITIONERS FOR THE FIRST TIME, THEY ARE SENDING OUT SPORES AND VIRUSES THAT HAVE BEEN SITTING ALL WINTER. JUST WAITING FOR A HEALTHY PERSON TO INVADE. YOU WILL FIND MANY PEOPLE WHO SAY I GET STUFFED UP AND I GET ILL WHEN WE CRANK UP THE AIR CONDITIONING. AND I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING TO THAT. YES, SO YOU WILL SEE A VIRUS- LIKE INFLUENZA FLOURISH IN THE WINTER AND STREP BACTERIA BUT NO REAL SPECIFIC REASON WHY. AND RHINO VIRUSES THAT CAUSE COMMON COLDS, THEY ARE AROUND US YEAR ROUND, SO IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO GET A COLD, IN THE SUMMER TIME, IN FACT, AND KIDS WILL GET 8-10 COLDS A YEAR. AND ADULTS MORE LIKE IT TWO TO THREE. AMELIA? YES, I HAVE EXPERIENCED THAT WITH MY KIDS. EXCEPT I HAVE A TENDENCY TO CATCH ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE A YEAR. BUT OKAY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, JOHN. IF YOU HAVE A GEE GOOD

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