WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Did you mom tell you if you went outside during warmer winter days you would catch a cold? Dr. Shilpi Agarwal says while you won't get the flu from being outside on unseasonably warm winter days -- the weather can still impact your health.
She says certain health conditions can be affected by the colder temperatures.
Anyone who gets migraines may be more likely to get them due to barometric pressure changes. She says one way to help that is to make sure you're staying hydrated get those B vitamins and rest.
Dr. Agarwal says the weather can also impact allergies and even cause heart attacks. She says when the weather warms up it can impact blooming plants that otherwise would not be blooming. Additionally, moisture levels in the area can create mold.
If you got a lot of cold symptoms or what seem like runny nose itchy eyes that could be allergies and we could see that start to
see that ramp up.
Shilpi says the weather only needs to drop one degree Celsius to see a spike in heart attacks based on research -- which means cardiac events can be triggered a lot.
She says this happens because blood vessels contract in the cold and so the heart doesn't get as much of the blood that it needs.
Dr. Agarwal says if you have heart disease, you have to be very cautious and don't over exert yourself. Anyone you experiences cardiac symptoms, you should get them checked out urgently.
Watch Dr. Agarwal's chat with Mike Thomas and Tucker Barnes in the video player above to get more tips on how to keep yourself healthy and safe this winter -- no matter the temperature.