crazy weather= feel like S**t

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  1. Jccripe

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    so the temp droped in the chicago area last night. I woke up is a sorethroat and massive sinus problems. the sore throat has resolved since this morning and I continue to have drainage and tons of mucous. Why does the weather change impact your body this way and this fast. (actually medicall reasons not folklore please)
     
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    laputan xyzzy

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    Seasonal allergies
     
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    CigarTragic Read it backwards

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    Type I hypersensitivity is an allergic reaction provoked by reexposure to a specific type of antigen referred to as an allergen.[1] Exposure may be by ingestion, inhalation, injection, or direct contact. The difference between a normal immune response and a type I hypersensitive response is that plasma cells secrete IgE. This class of antibodies binds to Fc receptors on the surface of tissue mast cells and blood basophils. Mast cells and basophils coated by IgE are "sensitized." Later exposure to the same allergen, cross-links the bound IgE on sensitized cells resulting in degranulation and the secretion of pharmacologically active mediators such as mastcell- leukotriene, and prostaglandin that act on the surrounding tissues. The principal effects of these products are vasodilation and smooth-muscle contraction.

    The reaction may be either local or systemic. Symptoms vary from mild irritation to sudden death from anaphylactic shock. Treatment usually involves epinephrine, antihistamines, and corticosteroids. If the entire body gets involved, then anaphylaxis can take place; an acute, systemic reaction that can prove fatal.
     
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    IcedTea Nuthin But A G Thang Baby

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    Cold temps allow for the transportation of pathogens more easily.
     
  6. geogil

    geogil Still training.

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    I think in this case it might be coincidental. More people get colds and flu in the winter because we're cooped up inside with each other and sharing germs is facilitated by increased contact.
     
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    It's also just the natural progression of the influenza virus along with many of the viral gastroenteritis pathogens.
     

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