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Weather changes affect Michiana residents


From freezing to warm to freezing again, this crazy weather has the potential to make you sick.  So we're seeking out some expert advice to keep you healthy.

There's no denying it the weather recently, "It's been crazy," said Josh Masc.  Just a few days ago there was tons of snow outside.  Then Tuesday it started to melt as rain poured down on Michiana.  Wednesday the snow was absent.  "It's uncommon, it's supposed to feel like winter but it's feeling like spring instead," said Masc.

But winter is returning.  And when the weather goes through ups and downs like this, Dr. Ken Elek said it can cause problems for your health.  "When the barometric pressure changes like it has and it gets really moist outside that does weird things with your sinuses, makes them more likely to clog up."  That's not the only issue.  "When it's moist outside tend to have more problems with arthritis and things like that," said Dr. Elek.

When it gets warm, allergies can become a problem as well.  And when it goes from warm to cold in one day, "dress for the most cold part of the day," said Dr. Elek, because being cold can also make you sick. 

To combat the other issues, sinuses, allergies, and joints, "do the things you would normally do," said Dr. Elek.  Like taking allergy meds and pain meds for your joints.  And rinsing out your sinuses.

It's not just health people worry about in this weather though.  "I've had people call at the store and say 'hey Steve my daffodils are starting to grow what do I do'?" said Master Gardener Steve Kruse.  Kruse said people are worrying the warm weather brought their plants out of dormancy and the upcoming freeze will destroy them.  But Kruse said no need to panic yet.  "We haven't had enough continuous warm hours for the plants to break dormancy to the point of danger yet," said Kruse.  He added we're not far from the point of danger, but for now you can breathe a sigh of relief.

The wacky weather is also causing some extra challenges for local road crews.


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