Weather Playing a Role in Sickness?

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By Ellis Eskew

If you're coughing, sneezing, sniffling or running a fever... You're not alone.

The cold and flu season is here and the unseasonable weather is not helping.

While weather does not play a direct role in making you sick, Dr. Jefferson Underwood says it can produce some of the same symptoms.

"Certain changes in the weather can bring on certain upper respiratory symptoms. Runny nose when weather turns cold, scratchy throats, things of that nature. But for the most part, upper respiratory symptoms are due to viruses and not weather," said Dr. Underwood.

As for viruses, the CDC says it will be an active flu season. Dr. Underwood says you need to make sure you follow precautions to avoid germs.

 "Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. And try not to come in to close contact with people who are known to be infected," said Dr. Jefferson Underwood.

One way to know if you are experiencing a virus versus allergies, Dr. Underwood says if you have a fever or muscle and joint aches, it's a virus.

If it's just watery eyes, scratchy throat and sniffles, it's most likely allergies.

Also, if you want to avoid the flu this season, it's not too late to get a flu shot.