What is the health deterioration in response to changes in weather called?
Meteoropathy is a syndrome, that is, a group of symptoms and pathological reactions that manifest when there is a gradual or sudden change in one or more meteorological factors in a given area. Meteorological factors are represented by the air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, atmospheric pressure, rain and thunderstorms with the typical effects on the air that they have – ionization, the electrical state and turbulence.
Scientists claimed that middle aged persons, especially women are at greater risk of becoming meteoropathic, but even children are at risk. It is becoming clear that meteoropathy is a disease of modern times, and, in fact, it is probably caused by modern way of life. Spending too much time indoors and in spaces that are climatised reduces our ability to cope with changes of weather and weather conditions in general.
Usually, around 48-24 hours before the arrival of the weather change, particularly sensitive people may show various symptoms which, taken together, make up the meteoropathic syndrome. The most frequent symptoms are an increase in depression, both mental and physical, weakness, hypertension, cephalea, a desire to remain indoors, increased susceptibility to pain in the joints and muscles, difficulty in breathing and a heavy feeling in the stomach. There may also be mood disturbances, irritability and symptoms in the cardiovascular system, such as palpitations or pain in the sternum. These symptoms last for one or two days.