Avoiding That Awful Summer Cold

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In spite of global warming, this spring Weather Services International predicted a cool, wet summer for Britain.

March’s mean temperature was the second lowest in more than 100 years. We need to remember that it is not the cold weather that creates colds, even though they seem to feel much worse when we are chilled.

One of the reasons that a summer cold feels so awful is because hot weather causes skin tissues around your nose to swell, making you just feel worse. In addition, if you also suffer from summer allergies, the accompanying nasal inflammation will augment the symptoms.

Preparing to avoid summer colds means we all need to think about keeping ourselves protected from cold germs. Unfortunately there are more than 200 viruses that can cause colds, and unless your summer holiday is spent in isolation, you are bound to come in contact with some of them.

What Causes Summer Colds?

Two of the biggest causes of summer colds are air travel and air conditioning. Travelers often find themselves with colds or other, more serious airborne illnesses, after a long air flight.

The problem is that the re-circulated air in the confined space increases your exposure to the germs floating around you, so the longer the flight, the more contact you have. And of course, passengers seem to be more squeezed together every year.

Air travel also generally means contact with new viruses that, unlike those closer to home, your immune system has no experience with combating. Worldwide epidemics are usually spread by air travelers, but no matter how you get there, it is still an unfamiliar environment.

Though many people would be very unhappy without air conditioning, it can be another major reason for colds. This is because the conditioner reduces the ambient moisture in the air, drying out your nose membranes.

This means that the mucus lining that protects against infections is not doing its job. Also, unfortunately, cold viruses do procreate more efficiently in a cold nose.

Eluding that Cold Virus

Reducing your risk of contact with infection is the same in summer as in winter. The problem is that most people think that summer is safe and tend to forget their winter protections.

These include avoiding crowded indoor areas, and making a big effort to keep from touching all kinds of public surfaces, not just in washrooms, but also door handles, slot machines, ATMs, telephones, playground equipment, and stadium seats.

And by all means, wash your hands repeatedly: use a soap dispenser at home to avoid the germs that can live in a soap dish.

It is a good practice to carry hand sanitizer and even wipes. Perhaps one habit that you need to get into is to NEVER touch your eyes or face when you have touched any surface—especially those in public places!

Though it’s hard to avoid your own children, remember that kids carry more cold infections than do adults.  So teach them good germ avoidance habits early!

Eating a healthy diet can really make a difference in your susceptibility to colds. Foods that can improve your immune system include whole foods such as fresh vegetables and fruit.

It is generally accepted that Omega-3 will also enhance your systems.  Increase you intake of vitamin D, and consider probiotic supplements which have be proven to help lessen the symptoms of a cold and also reduce its duration. And the use of a vitamin C supplement all year round is a great idea.

Talk to your health care professional for more ideas, but the bottom line is that you need to keep some basic prevention guidelines in mind, and to fortify your immune system by eating well.

Chloe is interested in all things literature, and works as a writer for Washroom supplies such as hand dryers. Her favourite writer of all time is William Shakespeare.

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