Are you getting that itchy feeling in the back of your throat? It could be a sign that you are close to catching a summer cold!
It is often believed that cold is a winter sickness. But, summer season, or any change in the season can cause common cold. In fact, summer colds are more frequent.
It is estimated by The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, that, 30 to 50 percent of colds are caused by rhinoviruses, which are most active in the spring, and summer.
Most of the times, summer cold is same as the winter cold. ‘Common Cold’ involves a set of symptoms like: sore throat, coughing, sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, fever, and headache. These symptoms can last from 3 to 7 days, and gradually begin to subside.
Summer is a time, when people are near the air-conditioner, being in their office, home or car. The air conditioner takes the moisture content of the air; this causes the mucosal lining of our nose and throat to dry, making us more prone to the infections.
In summer, holidays can bring as much stress as the joy. You may be stressed about your travel arrangements as well as home security. A thought of leave approval, from work, can also be very stressful. All these events, impacts your immune system, leaving you susceptible to infection. Stress lowers your resistance to infection by depressing your immune response.
Here are a few tips, for getting relief from Summer Cold:
- Stay hydrated
During the summer months when the weather is a lot warmer, especially in our country, hydration plays an important role. Due to sweating, you may lose a certain amount of fluid and electrolytes. If you don’t drink enough water, it can affect your digestion. There is constipation sometimes, and it can also lower your immune-system.
Drink up to 1.5 liters of water a day, you may also try other hydrating substitutes such as coconut water or lemon water.
Avoid drinking cold/ chilled water.
Cold water may give some temporary relief from the heat, but harms your system severely. Hot weather, and cold water, are two extreme, and the body fails to maintain a balance between them. This causes sore throat.
- Avoid stress
Avoid stress, as worrying will only add up to your problems. Worrying will weaken your immune system, which in turn will make you susceptible to a host of infections.
- Drink hot beverages
Drink hot tea, with or without honey, to get relief from a sore throat. A hot soup may also help in combating the symptoms of common cold.
- Wash hands
Wash your hands before handling food items and before you eat or drink.
It may not be possible to avoid touching contaminated surfaces in public areas, but avoid touching your face, especially around the nose and mouth.
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