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Doctors see correlation between cold temps, common cold

Doctors say they tend to see more patients when the temperatures dip. Doctors say they tend to see more patients when the temperatures dip.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

After the cold front moved in on Tuesday, Heartland residents likely noticed a lot more people reaching for the tissue box.

Doctors say there is a small correlation between the bitterly cold temperatures and getting sick.

Dr. Byron Glenn with the Cape Urgent Care and Family Medicine, says they have seen a lot of people coming in with sinus issues and even some cases of bronchitis.

He says both kids and adults are passing around germs.

Glenn says when people are all in the same room, they have a much higher chance of catching an infection.

He also says there are some other factors that play a role this time of year.

"When you're out in the cold and you go from hot to cold it can cause you to have drainage and other symptoms and typically this time of year everyone is running around trying to do a lot of things and so they're stressed and that lowers their immunity and then things that ordinarily might not cause a problem, they suddenly might come down with an infection," Glenn said.

Other doctors say allergies can also be high this time of year, especially since the end of harvest season is approaching.

Doctors urge people to stay home if they are running a high fever or have a severe sore throat.

Most common colds can be treated with over the counter medicine, more rest and lots of water.

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