Home » Trending Health News » Cold Temperatures Can Increase Chances of Getting a Cold, Study Shows

Cold Temperatures Can Increase Chances of Getting a Cold, Study Shows

Trending Health News

A new study suggests that being exposed to cold weather can actually increase the chances of getting a nasty cold.

The study, carried out by Yale University scientists, showed that exposure to even a slight chill dramatically increased the chances of lab mice acquiring rhinoviruses, or symptoms associated with the common cold. The study also revealed that exposure to cold temperatures directly impacted the body’s immune system, making it harder to block viruses from taking hold.

Although this is not the first study to draw connections between cold weather and the common cold — a 1960 study presented similar findings — many scientists have questioned this link. And the new study, which was recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, does not suggest that exposure to cold weather causes a rhinovirus infection. Instead, it merely shows that cold weather can help a cold to spread.

In other words, going out in the January cold won’t give you an infection, but it could lower your body’s defenses — making an infection more likely to occur and then spread throughout your body.

And the temperature difference doesn’t have to be dramatic. According to Yale immunologist Akiko Iwasaki, the shift from 33 celsius to 37 celsius temperatures can have a significant impact on our bodies.

“Altogether, these temperature effects can result in an 100-fold difference in the level of cold virus,” Iwasaki says.

ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat

  • 9 Ways to Prevent an Early Spring Cold or Flu
    It sure was nice outside yesterday—speaking as a resident of the Southwestern part of Canada that is known for being buried in a deep freeze until the middle of May.
    Trending Health News
  • 5 Quick Ways to Keep Germs from Spreading in Your Home
    Keeping your house germ-free isn’t just a battle to be fought during cold and flu season. It’s a year-long endeavor—especially if you have school-aged children at home.
    Trending Health News
  • The Biggest, Baddest Superbug Threats to Your Health
    Over the past decade, there has been a lot of news coverage on superbugs that have made their way to North America and pose threats to the health of the general public.
    Trending Health News
  • 7 Ways You're Begging to Catch a Cold
    Do you get a cold like clockwork, year after year? If you do, chances are you unwittingly performing a few of these cold-welcoming habits.
    Trending Health News
  • Natural Antibiotic, Bacterial-Fighting Foods
    The news wires have been abuzz with disturbing reports concerning a newly discovered gene, called MCR-1, which reportedly makes normal bacteria resistant to the most powerful...
    Trending Health News
  • 6 Signs You're Just Too Sick to Exercise
    Most of us know when we're too sick to go to work—that or our doctors will tell us. And for the most part, no one wants us to show up for work ill just to get sent home anyway.
    Trending Health News
  • 6 Stuffy Reasons For Chronic Congestion
    I’ve been dealing with severe nasal congestion for the past 8-months. It started as spring allergies and developed into a sinus infection, which my doctor treated with...
    Trending Health News
  • When the Flu Requires Medical Attention...
    Each and every one of us has had the flu at some point in our lives. The sniffles, a nagging cough, sore throat, and fever may send you to bed for a few days, but have you ever...
    Trending Health News
  • 5 Natural Ways to Fight Bacterial Infections
    Infections can happen as a result of coming into contact with a source of bacteria. This contact often leads to coughs, colds, strep throat, urinary tract problems, and even rashes...
    Trending Health News
  • Common Complications from Cold & Flu
    The typical cold or bout of influenza will cause a fever, chills, achy muscles, stiff neck and sneezing and coughing for roughly about a week.
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Treatments for a Sore Throat
    There are few things more irritating, and more likely to disrupt a busy work schedule, than a painful sore throat.
    Trending Health News
  • Vitamin C and Colds: Does it Really Help?
    It just so happens that with fall just around the corner that cold season is coming. So let me ask you an important question—what do you reach for at the first sign of a sore...
    Trending Health News
  • 5 Germaphobe Habits to Adopt During Cold & Flu Season
    Are you an extreme hand washer during cold and flu season? Do you use anti-bacterial gel on…everything? I’ve been accused of being a germaphobe in the past.
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Foods That Ward Off the Flu!
    It’s only January, but many of us have already suffered our share of sneezes, nasal congestion, and influenza this winter.
    Trending Health News
  • The 8 Common Symptoms of Norovirus
    Day care centers, nursing homes, cruise ships, and hospitals—they’re all prime environments for Norovirus.
    Trending Health News