The nose runs, the head is painful and you feel tired. In winter nothing unusual – but even in the summer can be a naughty cold Nest and let us for days do not let go. What about the myth of the flu of summer actually on where these cold come here and what you can do, learn here.
In summer: no flu but cold
Who thinks of one the flu of summer to suffer, it actually means more cold, A real flu – too influenza – is an acute respiratory disease that can even be life-threatening and influenza Virus is published, the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA). However, the signs of such a flu could actually coincide with those of a cold – or vernacular the flu of summer – blanket.
It would be noisy BZgA sore throat, cough, headache or even cold. To one influenza But you should also expect a high fever – usually above 39 degrees. "The big difference to the usual cold are the side effects that are very contagious influenza may have, "says General Hanoverian Matthias BerndtIn the worst case, this could lead to inflammation of the heart muscle.
Ill in the summer – why now?
Instead of enjoying the sun, you feel miserable and prefer not to leave the house. "In winter, the number of colds is significantly higher than in the summer," says the general practitioner. But in the summer, it's mainly the air conditioners who are to blame for a coldwe must treat.
The hotter it is, the more it demands cooling. "People are installing their air conditioning systems far too high," says Berndt, "The body attaches itself by the outside heat to warmer temperatures, all of the body's energy is then brought to heat preservation and you can quickly get sick."
Low immune system through sport
Open car windows – or any air currents to which we expose ourselves – may also be involved. Many sunbaths or sports at high temperatures also help to weaken the immune system. Once the body's immune system is attacked, it is much easier for viruses to invade our body and make us sick.
Fast recovery: what you can do
If we cold In the worst case, we will not even get out of bed. "It is now important to make sure the body really rests," says Matthias BerndtAs in the case of a real flu, the body needs time to recover and strengthen its immune system. Sufficient consumption is also very important. Anti-inflammatory teas such as chamomile and sage tea or anti-inflammatory ginger infusions help you feel in shape faster.
When your nose is tight and you have a headache, inhaling water vapor can also help. Simply add eucalyptus oil – for dissolving mucus – or chamomile tea in warm water and hold the head with a towel. Inhale the hot steam for five to ten minutes and repeat the operation up to three times a day if necessary.
Stay healthy: what should you watch out for?
Has a cold Avoid in summer and next heat wave To be able to sleep with friends and family at the lake again, do not set the air conditioners too low: the difference in outdoor temperature should not be too high, confirmed Matthias Berndt, The exercise also helps to strengthen the defense system. But: sweaty wet clothes should always be removed as soon as possible.
Nutrition also plays an important role in boosting the immune system, the Verbraucherzentrale Baden-Württemberg informs. If you drink enough water and pay attention to a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, the supposed the flu of summer cheat. The storage of vitamin D is fueled by the time spent in the sun – too much sun, however, weakens us again. Healthy mediocrity ensures that we feel better and do not get sick so quickly.
And another tip: "Anyone who avoids sleep deprivation is haunted by fewer infections," notes Berndt fixed.
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