When weather and body go haywire

When weather and body go haywire

Rapid weather changes, foehn in the Alps or pollen make life difficult for many people. This is often reflected in the form of headaches, circulatory problems, asthma or increased rheumatic complaints. How the weather affects the human body.

Not only rapid changes in the weather can put a strain on the body, but also long periods of cold or heat have an impact on health.

Headaches and migraines when the weather changes

In sensitive people, low pressure areas or mild temperatures can be responsible for severe headaches or migraine attacks, mostly in winter. These weather parameters can play a role:

  • Temperature:  The warmer it is and the faster the temperatures climb, the higher the risk of headaches and migraine attacks.
  • (lower) air pressure:  At 5 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury) less on the scale, the risk of headaches can increase by up to 6.1 percent.
  • humidity

Air pollutants such as soot, nitrogen and sulfur dioxide do not have a greater effect on headaches.

Foehn and alpine winds can affect mood and sleep patterns

The phenomenon of the foehn flow extends over the Alps and indicates the pressure difference in the mountains. However, the influence of the Föhn can also be felt in Germany. The pressure difference can affect mood, sleep patterns and thus fatigue. Common physical symptoms of foehn winds are:

  • headache
  • higher pain sensitivity
  • fatigue
  • motor restlessness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • sleep disorders

In addition, increased  circulatory problemshigh blood pressure  and a longer reaction time can occur.

How the seasons affect health

Not only rapid weather changes, to which the body has to adapt, can affect well-being, the different seasons also have an effect on people.

In spring, the pollen load in the air increases, especially due to early bloomers and later due to grasses. This particularly affects allergy sufferers and asthmatics and can be reflected in the form of a runny nose, urge to sneeze, tiredness and respiratory problems.

Fatigue,  sunstroke , heat stroke or heat cramps are not uncommon due to heat waves in summer. Skin problems such as sun allergies, sunburns, tick bites and insect bites also increase during this time. The older part of the population in particular often suffers from cardiovascular problems.

In winter, on the other hand,  depression  and flu as well as colds occur more frequently.

In times of climate change, unpredictable weather and extreme situations such as heat waves occur more frequently and affect body and mind. The situation is also worse for allergy sufferers, since the pollen load in the air is constantly increasing due to longer flowering periods.

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