Colds, Coughs, and Fever: We usually associate these typical flu and cold symptoms with the cold, dark winter months. But even in the summer, they can occur in the form of a so-called summer flu. But it's not a classic flu. How does this spread and how to protect it, says in the article.
"Although its name suggests, summer flu is not the classic flu caused by influenza viruses, but an infection with the flu caused by enteroviruses," says Barber pharmacist Heidi Günther Health Insurance Fund. "For these viruses, both smear and droplet infections are characteristic."
This concerns overcrowding situations, such as summer festivals in the outdoor pool, summer sales, buses and air travel, as explained by the Medical Association of Canada. State of Baden-Württemberg (LAK-BW) on its website. In these cases, the viruses usually have very short pathways: one is infected by coughing, talking or sneezing against one's companion.
But big temperature differences are also involved, such as long evenings on the terrace or outside without a sweater or light jacket. "When a heated and sweaty body is exposed to an increase in airflow, for example through an open window or air conditioning, the mucous membranes dry out and can no longer properly perform their protective shield function" , writes the LAK-BW.
Identify and treat: how does it work!
As in the case of a common flu or a cold in autumn and winter, according to the state medical association, the symptoms of summer flu are often accompanied by symptoms of cold, fever, headache, sore throat and spasm. Since viruses can affect all the mucous membranes of the body, one can sometimes expect stomach upset and, in extreme cases, vomiting and diarrhea.
Summer flu is not dangerous and usually disappears after a few days. "The physical protection, a sufficient consumption of liquids with cold drinks and a cold-fever calf wrap contribute to the quick recovery," continues LAK-BW. The apothecary Günther has more tips: "For colds or stuffy noses, a nasal shower and decongestant cold treatments may help."
However, if the symptoms persist for more than three days, the cause may be due to something else. In this case, a doctor should be consulted.
Prevention is easy
And how do you protect yourself effectively? Günther advises to wash his hands several times. "Alternatively, a commercial hand sanitizer helps, which also prevents eczema by washing too often". In addition, it is wise to keep the mucous membranes of the nose and mouth moist by drinking enough. This particularly concerns people who spend a lot of time in air-conditioned rooms.
To make the body less sensitive to summer flu, also be sure to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, regular moderate exercise, avoiding air currents and using as little air as possible. air conditioning, explains Günther. Even if the outside temperature is high, the body can cool down. In this case, always have a jacket or socks on hand.