POSTED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:04pm
WALKER,LA(NBC33) — You may have noticed in the Fall when the temperature starts to go up and down some folks start to complain about feeling, well, under the weather. Some even blame mother nature when the sniffles start. Dr. Gregory Garner with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group said weather isn't the issue.
"Common cold and allergy related," He said. "When those weather changes are occuring it may be what virus is prevalent during that time of the year, also what is blooming at that time of the year. "
He said there are some common symptoms he starts to hear from patients when the weather changes.
"Typically people come in they have a lot of nasal congestion a lot of drippage and drainage in the back of the throat," Dr. Garner said. "After that goes on for a while after that they'll start to developing sore throat."
Dr. Garner said go see a doctor if: "You have high fever. If the symptoms are worsening or progressing past 7 to 10 days .... a headache ... shortness of breath or soar throat."
Dr. Garner advices there are things you can do to stay healthy. First cover your mouth when cough and cover your nose when you sneeze.
He also advices: "Frequent hand washing is the major thing that you need to do. So, you are not coming into contact with someone who is sick and then rubbing your eyes or your mouth or something like that."