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Wednesday, January 30 2013, 07:24 AM EST
Can Temperature Changes Cause a Cold? Doctors Say No
KETTERING -- It felt like spring in the Miami Valley on Tuesday, although we're only half way through winter. That nice weather will not last, however. We went to local doctors to find out if these weather changes could put you at risk for a cold.

Dr. John Bonk at Kettering Medical Center say it's a myth that you'll get a cold when the weather changes. However, they do advise you to take the same health precautions no matter what time of the year it is.

At Kroger, Pharmacy Manager Bonnie Hui-Callahan said her pharmacy has been busy these past few weeks.

"We've actually had a lot of people come in and inquire about what they can take now that they have this cold," said Hui-Callahan.

People on Tuesday were out walking their dogs and enjoying the warm temps. It reached 60 in certain counties. Dr. Bonk said changes in weather don't directly cause you to get sick, but warmer days could put you more at risk.

"When it's hot, humid, more pollution out, people with respiratory disorders, heart problems are more likely to have symptoms on those days when there are more particles in the air," said Dr. Bonk.

There are several things you can do at home to protect yourself.

Hui-Callahan said to stay hydrated with water or other liquids like orange juice. Also use vitamin C to boost your immune system. Wash your hands often during these winter months, too.

"Honestly the best way to protect yourself against these things is to wash your hands before and after using the bathroom, before and after touching other people and things and objects," Bonk said.

There are plenty of over-the-counter drugs to help you get back to normal, but there are simple things you can do at home and may save you time and money by not going to the doctor.

"Try to be a little bit more active, and of course wash your hands, stay away from those who are sick and do what I can do to not spread anything myself," said Jewel Haskins from Miamisburg.

Doctors also advise you to get a flu shot if you haven't already. That can also lower your chances of getting sick this winter.Can Temperature Changes Cause a Cold? Doctors Say No

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