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Out with warm weather, in with the common cold?

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The weather changes, it starts to cool off a little, and that's when everyone gets sick.

It seems as if coughing and sneezing has increased in the work place and in the schools.

Dr. Bryan Lowery says there has been a spike in respiratory infections lately.

The coughing and sneezing seems to be arriving a little earlier this year.

"This time of year isn't typically flu season---which we have not seen any influenza yet," says Lowery. He also says allergies could be what's behind the stuffy nose.

Several patients a day are seen in his office with more severe symptoms---symptoms that indicate a virus. Signs of a viral illness could be more fever, body aches, and chills.

Dr. Lowery says there are countless viruses floating around that are known as "the common cold." With the kids back in school, they spread the viruses to one another and take them home to the parents.

Usually, these viruses can be treated with over the counter remedies and rest.

Dr. Lowery says he is hesitant to prescribe antibiotics, "A lot of times they do not need antibiotics because most of these infections are viral and antibiotics will not help a viral illness."
But if the symptoms do last longer than a week, you should see your doctor. If untreated, that stuffy nose could turn into a sinus infection.

He says antibiotics could be of some benefit in treating a non-viral infection. But the biggest thing you can do is be clean, saying the number one thing you can do is wash your hands multiple times a day.

Dr. Lowery says you may want to hold off on getting that flu shot.

If you get it too early, it could wear off before flu season is over, leaving you at risk to get sick.

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