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Cooler Noses May Be Key to Winter's Spike in Colds

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers may have sniffed out why colds are more likely in wintertime: The answer may lie within the nose.

A previously unidentified immune response inside the nose is responsible for fighting off the viruses that cause upper respiratory infections, according to researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Northeastern University in Boston.

Unfortunately, cold weather inhibits this protective response, making it more likely that a person will come down with anything from a cold to COVID-19.

The new study offers the first biological explanation why respiratory virus infections are more likely to spike in colder seasons, researchers said.

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What Are Seasonal Allergies?

More than 67 million americans suffer from allergy symptoms, including hay fever. But, what is an allergy? What is an allergic reaction? What are common allergy symptoms? What allergy treatments are available?

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What is Pollen?

Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States. Pollen is an airborne allergen, which is picked up and carried by the wind. Various trees, grasses and weeds create pollen, which can cause hay fever, irritate your eyes and skin.

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