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Respiratory Illnesses Spiking This Season

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Forget the flu this winter it's all about the wheeze. Asthma and allergy sufferers need snow and cold to eliminate mold and breathing problems.

It's not only asthma, but cases of respiratory illnesses like bronchitis are spiking this season.

When the air temperature changes abruptly like it has done the whole month of January, sinus pressure and breathing troubles worsen.

Physicians at Urgent Care Centers are seeing about a 20 percent spike in seasonal allergy issues, issues that were once reserved for spring time or the change of seasons.

Dr. H. James Wender is the Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine.

He says his patients are miserable and can't get acclimated to the extremes we've experienced since last spring.

Allergens like mold spores, need bitter cold temperatures or they will proliferate the air, that's what is happening now.

The tiny nerve endings in our lungs are sensitive to changes in temperature, humidity and barometric pressure.

Another thing, warmer winters typically signal a good year for insects as well.