Changes in weather conditions can have a direct effect on your health. This is manifested in different ways, depending upon your particular body makeup and what is happening weather-wise in your region. If you are one of the many people who are sensitive to weather change, particularly rapidly and frequently changing weather patterns, then you're already aware of how weather affects you and your body. Some people, however, have not discovered the link between weather and its direct effect on health.

Those who suffer from asthma can be affected by cold weather and severe thunderstorms. If you suffer from exercise-induced asthma, running or even walking quickly in the cold air can cause the airways to swell up, with cool dry air making the bronchial tubes lose heat. Wheezing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and other symptoms of asthma develop when breathing in cold air. There are also thunderstorm-related asthma attacks, especially if you have allergies associated with your condition. The hypothesis for this effect is that strong storm winds disturb pollen and mold, distributing them into the air as the heavy rains burst these allergens into smaller pieces. The electromagnetic waves from lightening enable these bits to attach to the lungs when inhaled.

weather stormStorms and drops in barometric pressure also account for an increase in depressive symptoms, particularly those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Many people find that they get migraine headaches as result of certain weather changes. When the barometric pressure falls, when the air is more humid, or the outside temperature suddenly drops, migraines can occur in susceptible people. The more stable the weather conditions, the less migraines people seem to have. A majority of people who suffer migraines report changing weather as a main trigger for their headaches.

Joint Pain:
Anyone with joint pain knows that the warmer the climate, the better they feel. People who suffer from arthritis, rheumatism, and other joint diseases feel more pain when the weather turns sharply colder or more humid and rainy. Clinical studies have shown that there is a definitive correlation between abrupt changes in weather and joint pain.

Heart Disease:
Living in an extremely cold climate that gets a lot of snowfall can be dangerous if you suffer from heart disease. In the cold air, blood vessels constrict and blood can become thicker, opening a path to a heart attack. Shoveling snow requires a lot of exertion, which can quickly lead to a fatal heart attack. Even living in the opposite extreme of a hot climate has its heart dangers. Excessive heat requires the body to attempt to regulate its core temperature and those with heart disease have a harder time regulating body temperature to begin with. Sweating and dehydration can quickly lead to heat exhaustion and stroke. There are other climate-related impacts on health such as food-borne disease from heat exposure and water-borne diseases as a result of flooding. Knowledge of how the weather affects you can be a main deciding factor when it comes to relocating for better health.

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