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Does cold weather affect a cold?


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September 12, 2011 10:59PM

Not really in any big way. Being out in cold weather does not cause the common cold. While a noticeable increase in the numbers of common colds and the flu season happen during the winter, it is the microorganisms that cause the common cold and flu and not the temperature. However, cold weather could make certain symptoms worse. For instance, a runny nose can be worse when out in the cold even if you don't have a common cold viral infection. Being out when you have a cold adds to the constant blowing and wiping of your nose. That can cause the skin to become raw and dry which allows the cold temperature to accentuate the soreness.