Colds are possible even in the summer, especially when hypothermia or contact with sick people. An increase in temperature disturbs well-being, and a runny nose interferes with sleep and eat normally, coughing distracts from work. Not only medicines can cope with a cold, but also some simple ways, from good rest, ending with dietary changes. Let’s discuss methods of dealing with summer SARS.
Summer cold: symptoms
Most colds in the summer are not much different from the “winter” SARS. This is a runny nose and cough, sometimes fever, sore throat and general malaise. In the summer, especially on vacation, even a mild cold can seriously spoil your mood. Therefore, it is important to know how to deal with it. The tips below, while seeming old-fashioned and cheap, will help you deal with the unpleasant symptoms of a cold. While a cold won’t go away overnight, these simple remedies will make you feel better.
1. More water
The most important thing to do with any cold, especially if you have a high temperature, is to drink more fluids. On average, you need to drink at least half a glass of fluid every hour to activate metabolic processes, the work of the kidneys to remove waste metabolites. The most useful is ordinary warm drinking water, although slightly mineralized water is also acceptable. When the temperature rises by 1 ℃ above the norm, you need to add about 200 ml of liquid to the total daily volume. This increases sweating, which causes the temperature to drop faster. It is worth giving up coffee and alcohol for the duration of the illness, they dehydrate.
2. Runny nose and hot shower
If a runny or stuffy nose develops, a hot shower will help. When a person takes a shower, moist air enters the sinuses. You need to gently blow your nose, closing one nostril to clear the nasal passages and make breathing easier. If a runny nose is accompanied by a thick discharge, you can take water in your palms and draw it in with your nose, washing the nasal passages. This will help reduce sinus swelling and improve mucus drainage. A simplified version, if you have a runny nose, but there is no way to take a shower: you need to pour hot water into the sink or a large cup, hanging a towel over your head. To facilitate breathing, you need to breathe moist air for 5–10 minutes.
3. Extra pillow for sinusitis
Useful advice for people who often suffer from sinusitis. To relieve congestion and improve sinus drainage, add an extra pillow at night to raise your head higher. This helps drain the sinuses at the back of the throat and opens up the nasal passages a bit.
4. Over-the-counter fever medicines
To alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of a cold, including when the temperature has risen, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory medicines will help. Various combination powders, effervescent tablets, or solutions will not shorten the duration of a cold or kill the virus. But these medications will help relieve the symptoms. Lozenges for coughs and sore throats will provide some relief. Antihistamines can help with watery eyes, sneezing, and nasal discharge. Salt solutions will moisten the nasal mucosa, making breathing easier. Ibuprofen and paracetamol eliminate aches, body pain and reduce fever.
5. Hot tea
Black, green, herbal teas with honey or ginger are a delicious way to hydrate with a soothing, warming effect. A cup of tea predisposes to rest and relaxation, which is required in case of a cold first of all. The drink helps to relax, relieves sore throat and nasal congestion, promotes sleep.
6. Gargling with salt water
A slightly less tasty way to relieve a sore throat is to gargle frequently with a solution of salt and warm water. Some people add half a teaspoon of baking soda to it.
7. Chicken noodle soup
Light meals are needed during a cold to maintain strength. It’s the chicken noodle soup that provides the much-desired hydration, plus it’s light, easily digestible nutrition. It contains proteins and carbohydrates and a little fat, which are necessary for the body during ARVI.
8. Lubrication of a cracked nose
If the runny nose is very strong and constantly flows from the nose, the use of a handkerchief or napkins irritates the mucous membranes and the skin around the nose. In addition, sometimes at the beginning of a cold, the nose is very dry, the mucous membranes crack. In this case, ordinary vaseline oil can help, which must be applied to the irritated area and rubbed lightly.
9. Complete rest
Often during the period of a cold, a person feels very tired and weak. It is logical to give yourself and your exhausted body a good rest, taking time off from work and postponing all business. A cold is the best time to go to bed early. The body needs rest so that it spends all its energy on fighting the infection. Often a couple of days of rest is enough, and the body will recover.
10. Hygiene rules for colds
Once sick, it is important not to spread your infection to colleagues or family members. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, use disposable tissues, and wash your hands and face frequently.
11. Don’t Take Antibiotics
It is important to remember that summer colds are usually caused by viruses, and antibiotics treat bacterial infections. Even if green discharge from the nose occurs, antibiotics are not used without a doctor’s prescription.
12. Don’t take high doses of vitamins.
Many take for colds shock doses of vitamin C or multivitamins, echinacea tincture. But scientists have not found convincing evidence that these methods help. Moreover, an excess of ascorbic acid can damage the kidneys. Tea with lemon or honey, herbal teas and light plant foods are enough to support the body’s strength in the fight against colds.
13. Workout during a cold
If a person constantly trains and plays sports, it is important to give the body a rest during the fever. As the condition improves, you can gradually begin to exercise. Light exercise helps boost your metabolism and boost your immune system. If a person trains every day in the gym, you need to reduce the load, you should not lift a lot of weight, run long distances and overwork.