Winter is cold and flu season, as we've all learned since primary school — hence why you should always get your flu shot. But it's also prime time for other illnesses and conditions to surface, ones you don't necessarily associate with snowy skies and frosted-up windows. Whether it's a pre-existing condition that may be more likely to surface in winter or an illness that first shows up when the weather turns cool, there are several conditions that flourish in winter, for various reasons. These unexpected illnesses can be more common in winter, even though they seem like all-year-round kind of deals.
The weather itself, what we do to cope with cool temperatures, and other factors related to wintry months can all cause health conditions, even if we're not expecting it. To keep a handle on your health every winter, pay attention to your body, eat properly and get lots of rest, and get a good dose of vitamin D when you can to boost your immune system. Try to stay away from holidays parties where everybody's sneezing in a warm room, too. If you do end up getting ill, though, don't worry; it's happened to thousands of others, and while you might be surprised to see these illnesses show up in the winter months, your doctor certainly won't be. Here are six illnesses you might be surprised to see over the wintertime.