Are You More Likely To Get Sick When The Seasons Change?

 Spring has officially sprung, even if it still feels like winter. You may have heard you’re more likely to get sick when the seasons change, and experts agree that’s true. Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says the nasal inflammation caused by seasonal allergies makes it easier for viruses to make their way into your body, and since your body is preoccupied dealing with your allergies, it has fewer resources available to defend you from germs. Even if you’re lucky enough to not have allergies, big seasonal swings in barometric pressure, temperature and wind can irritate your airways and nasal passages, and compromise your immune system. To try and prevent yourself from getting sick as the seasons shift, experts say you should keep the area around your nose warm, and wash your hands regularly. (Time