Myth "Flu of summer": danger of cold even in hot weather
In case of colds or influenza, more is expected in winter. However, even in the summer, we can be affected by coughing, runny nose and hoarseness. Most of the time, we talk about "summer flu". Is there such a type of flu but really – or is it a myth?
At outside temperatures of about 30 degrees in bed
It's really not pleasant when the sun shines at 30 degrees and you will not have to spend the day outside on the deckchair or in the park, but inside in bed, making life difficult in case of cough, runny nose and hoarseness. Many then speak of a so-called "summer flu". But is there such a flu? This is explained by "HKK Health Insurance" on their website.
Sufficient number of pathogens
Even though autumn and winter are considered a cold season, this does not mean that you can not catch the flu in the summer.
Indeed, although the word "cold" appears in the word "cold", it is not necessarily necessary cold outdoor temperatures for a corresponding infection. Cold in itself only plays an indirect role.
As the health insurance company writes, it is far more crucial that a sufficient number of pathogens discover the proper vacuum in our body's immune system. Although this happens less often in summer, it is still possible.
Fairly common cold
The "summer flu" is a purely familiar description – not a precise medical term.
When people talk about it, it's usually a cold – not a flu.
The real flu, also known as flu, is usually noticeable with a high fever of more than 39 degrees Celsius and severe head and limb pain.
However, when it is a "summer flu", it usually involves a cold, a cough, a hoarseness and a sometimes from a mild fever.
This is nothing other than what doctors call an influenza infection caused by fairly common and rather harmless cold viruses. There is no special virus for the summer flu.
Air currents and air conditioners
But there are always special conditions in the summer that make it easier for these cold viruses.
For example, the air currents can cool our body or some parts of the body more than it would be really good. The result is that the body reduces blood flow on these sites. And this offers pathogens a surface of attack.
Fans can live a similar situation.
Air conditioners can also be problematic. Because when moving from the outside to the inside, the difference in temperature can be significant, which puts the traffic under tension.
And just as you enter a sweaty air-conditioned room, the risk of catching a cold is high because sweat does not evaporate immediately and stays longer in the cooler environment.
The effect of body cooling is superimposed on the air conditioning and the body cools even more. Therefore, make sure that the air conditioners are rather moderate – and that the temperature difference from the outside world is not too great.
If it is a room in which they have no effect on the air conditioning, it is advisable to wear a thin jacket or a light sweater, which you can cover quickly in the appropriate situations.
You have to be careful especially in the evening because the temperatures usually drop quite quickly. This is especially true when the sky is cloudless.
For a nice evening in the beer garden or on the garden terrace, it is better to keep something warm to cover yourself.
Best to avoid
Anyway, cold viruses have a real chance, even in the summer, if our body is weakened.
If you are stressed, your physical condition, your physical condition, your unhealthy diet and low vitamin content, are sensitive to cold in summer and winter.
Many fresh air exercises strengthen the immune system and thus prevent infections.
You can also strengthen the body's defenses by eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Cure the disease
If it still catches, it's with the "summer flu", as for all colds, the best way to cure the disease with complete peace of mind.
The cold should never be removed. If fever occurs, bed rest is necessary, even if it is not particularly pleasant in the middle of the summer.
In the attacked mucous membranes, home remedies such as herbal teas provide relief. Thyme and sage contain essential oils with expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties.
With vitamin-rich foods, the immune system is strengthened in the fight against pathogens.
If you have a serious illness, such as a fever, or if you have a cold in the bronchi or sinuses, you should see a doctor. (Ad)