Can rapidly changing weather affect health?

TULSA, Okla. — Can roller coaster weather affect your health? FOX23 sat down with a doctor to get some insight.

Dr. Else with Utica Park Clinic in Bixby says right now, he is seeing typical seasonal illnesses such as the common cold, flu and RSV.

He says the rapidly changing temperatures and weather patterns can impact health, especially for those who suffer from arthritis or allergies.

Many patients with chronic joint pain can feel the changing temperatures or rain with bone aches that can get worse in the cold.

The varied temperatures can also put different spores, fungi and allergens into the air and affect people with allergies.

Else says there’s not a lot of scientific evidence that changing temperatures has a direct effect on health, but it can be stressful on the body. Most people’s bodies can handle the change easily, but others with chronic problems may struggle.

If you’re feeling sick, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor.