There is nothing worse than being stuck inside with a summer cold and wondering why you’re feeling so rotten when the weather is so great. Doctors suggest summer colds often last longer and may occur more frequently. So how do you keep from sweating a cold when you should be enjoying the heat?
Things that Make a Summer Cold Worse
There are several reasons why summer colds are actually worse. However, by implementing basic precautions, a few of these can be alleviated. When dealing with a summer illness, here are some factors to consider.
It’s a different strain of virus: Three of the more common viruses that cause upper respiratory infections in winter are rhino-, corona- and parainfluenza. In the summer, we must also contend with enterovirus. Enterovirus spreads the same way as other forms of the cold: coughing, sneezing, and exposure to an infected person.
The virus is generally nastier: Typical colds can involve headache, hacking cough, congestion and a fever. In addition to these symptoms, enterovirus can lead to sore throat, rashes, and even diarrhoea. Further, enterovirus can last longer than more common viruses.
Air conditioning encourages infection: Air conditioning recirculates air, removing moisture, which in turn dries out your nose and throat, providing a more welcome environment for viruses.
People are less likely to take colds seriously in the summer months: Missing a few days of work isn’t too much of a problem for some people, but suggest taking a vacation from your vacation and many will choose to tough it out instead. This could lead to a longer illness and a greater chance that others will be exposed. Summertime can also mean an altered schedule, including reduced sleep and changes in diet.
Allergies confuse some sufferers: When flowers blossom and the trees are fully green, people are accustomed to suffering allergies. For this reason, many may mistakenly treat their colds with over-the-counter symptom relievers and allergy medications, as opposed to seeking medical advice.
Prevention is Key
Prevent a summer cold from dragging you don’t and ruining summer plans by undertaking the same things that stop a winter cold dead in its tracks are instrumental:
- Wash your hands often
- Use hand sanitiser in public places, when handling shared items
- Keep your immune system energised with plenty of sleep
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Eat a balanced diet
Those who tend to sit it out in the winter should ease into physical activities. Enterovirus is the only infection associated with strenuous exercise. Keeping an eye on your mood is also a good idea if you hope to avoid sickness. Summer colds also tend to be more common when you’re suffering from low mood or depression.