5 Facts about Summer Colds You Need to Know
You may think the warm summer months remove the chances of getting a nasty cold. Nothing could be further from the truth. Being outdoors, pushing your limits, spending more time in groups and summer travel all spell trouble when it comes to staying well.
WORSE THAN WINTER
Contrary to popular belief, summer colds can be worse than winter colds. The winter months bring sneezes and coughs. But in the summer get ready for sneezes and coughs plus fever, sore throats, diarrhea, skin rashes and body aches . . . not exactly a picnic!
What’s even worse, a summer cold can last longer -- one to two weeks versus the usual 7 days for a winter illness.
Simple fact: you catch colds from other people. In the summer, we spend more time in groups. Outdoor parties, barbecues, games, recreational activities, you name it.
We are also more likely to come into contact with kids, which is great in a lot of ways. But not so great when it comes to being wrestled into a nasty summer illness by a difficult-to- handle pediatric bug.
Celebrating summer with your friends and family is one of life’s great joys. But it also comes with its own set of risks to your health.
If it’s hot outside, nothing’s better than a nice cool air conditioned home, right? Except when it comes to weakening your body’s ability to fight off a cold. Air conditioning dries out your nasal and chest airway passages.
The mucosal lining of your respiratory tract is there for a reason -- to support your immune’s system’s ability to ward off infection. Dry it up and pay the price in more summer colds.
OUTDOORS MORE, LESS REST
Time outdoors in the summer months means different things for different people.
Many folks become a lot more active but get less rest. And you need rest to stay well.
Because of the good weather, more people go to work sick, spreading germs and causing colds in their co-workers. Add in the workplace kitchens, water coolers, cafeterias and washrooms and you start to get an idea of what it means for people to be hanging out together indoors when one or more is sick with a cold.
Proper hand washing works wonders but you you have to scrub thoroughly for 30 seconds. Try it sometime -- count out loud to 30 and see what a long slog washing your hands properly really is.
PLANES, TRAINS, BOATS AND CARS
I’ve saved what may be the worse for the last. Spending time in a closed space with air conditioned recirculating air is a great way to expose yourself to a high intensity viral assault guaranteed to increase your risk of a cold. You might as well be wearing a sign that says “cold viruses here I am”.
Trains, boats and cars are a problem. But air travel takes the cake when it comes to subjecting your immune system to as major attack by a multitude of disease causing viruses!
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