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Can big swings in the temperature make you sick?

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By Deena Centofanti
Fox 2 News

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -- A glance at the five day forecast and many think with temperatures going from the fifties to the twenties, this wacky weather is going to make them sick.

Can a rapidly changing temperature really do that?  The short answer is no.

It's a myth that big swings in temperature set you up for sickness.  Doctors tell me it's a virus or bacteria to blame.  However, it's a fact that changing weather can effect joint pain or migraines.  The changing barometer can increase pressure and pain.

We talked to Beaumont allergist Devang Doshi, who does say no matter what the temperature, this is a tough time of the year for many.

"It was not only influenza that was very active in the community, but several other viruses, and when people have other diseases like asthma and things, their respiratory symptoms tend to get much worse," he said.

We can't control the weather, but you can control some of your risks for getting sick by getting about eight hours of sleep, washing your hands and reducing your stress.

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