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

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

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

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.

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