Cold Season

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While the leaves on the trees may be green right now, it won't be long before the vibrant colors of autumn make an appearance, especially since the official start of fall is only a couple of days away. But with the change in seasons comes a variety of illnesses like colds, allergies, bronchitis, and sinusitis.

Dr. Chandra Williams of Sparrow Family Medical Services-North says, "The first thing that you'll notice is some head congestion, nasal congestion, headaches, maybe some low grade fever."

According to Dr. Cynthia Buchweitz of Sparrow Family Medical Services-North, the main reason for the rise in upper respiratory infections is the drop in temperature.

"With the cold weather sometimes people are indoors more. You start having the furnaces turned on. And certain viruses like to live in the colder weather."

And if your immune system is down, the chance of you getting sick increases. So Dr. Williams says, "Make sure that you get lots of rest, lots of fluids. You generally need to take care of your body on a daily basis."

Despite all of that, if you come down with a bug your best bet is to let it ride or take over the counter medications to alleviate symptoms. That way you'll still be able to enjoy the season that lies ahead.