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Some concerned drastic weather changes could cause illness

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: Jan 28 2013 05:07:12 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2013 04:14:46 PM CST

Mother Nature’s mood swings are causing temperatures to rise and fall quickly and Louise Kilgore told us she’s concerned about her health.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Mother Nature’s mood swings are causing temperatures to rise and fall quickly and Louise Kilgore told us she’s concerned about her health. "[My health is] very important. It's number one because I'm not that young anymore and I still want to get out and do things and be independent," she said.

However, this crazy weather won’t give you the flu. Dr. Andrew Brown tells us he's seeing viral infections, which isn't unusual for this time of year, but it has nothing to do with the temperature. "Certainly the humidity decreases in the winter time when it gets cold and that can dry out the nasal passages and make you more susceptible to infections," said Brown.

Doctor Brown told us a humidifier in the home would fix the problem, but he says the most important thing is to keep your hands clean. But we learned from the doctors that you shouldn’t use anti-bacterial because it doesn't kill all of the germs off your hands.

They say the best way to do it is the old-fashioned way, with a little soap and water. "The influenza virus, over 100 viruses cause a cold and a lot of those are resistant to hand sanitizer," said Brown.

"Nothing replaces a good hand washing with soap and water. The hand sanitizers have made it more convenient because you can stick them in your back pocket, but it isn't always the best option," said Cleve Anderson, Anderson Compounding Pharmacy.

Kilgore says she makes sure to wash her hands. "I'm very careful about washing my hands," said Kilgore.