Tips on Surviving a Summertime Cold

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July 3, 2018

Let’s face it – one of the biggest annoyances is developing a cold, especially during the summertime when we have so many fun activities planned in the great outdoors. Summer colds happen to the best of us, so it’s best to know what to expect should they occur. Here are some tips to help you survive a summer cold.

  1. Wash your hands. Particularly after using the restroom, as summertime colds can also lead to an upset stomach. Summer colds are often caused by the enterovirus, which brings sneezing, coughing, the development of fever, and an upset stomach. These germs are spread through respiratory droplets as well as fecal matter.
  2. Keep your AC at a decent temperature. During the summer, we are more vulnerable to the common cold due to being exposed to extreme temperatures at both ends of the spectrum – the muggy, hot outdoors and the cooler, sometimes icy indoors (thanks to our AC units). If you’re sick, keep your thermostat set on higher temperatures (i.e. 75 degrees instead of 70), as chilly temperatures can lower the defense mechanisms of your nose and throat, as blood vessels fall victim to constriction.
  3. Ease up on exercising. If you have mild cold symptoms, it’s okay to carry on with your workout routine during the winter. It’s a different story, however, for summertime colds. Enterovirus is the only infection related to the strenuous activity. Take a break if you’re sick during the summer and wait until the virus has passed out of your system before returning to exercise. This could take some time, as it could take up to two weeks for your summer cold to dissipate.
  4. Be patient and let your body do its work. The best remedy for summertime colds is time. Until then, you can use lozenges, cough medication, a saline rinse, fever reducers, or gargle with salt water to make life a bit more bearable until the virus has been cleared. Remember to also stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  5. Know the difference between summer allergies and summer colds. Many often mistake summer colds as summer allergies, most likely due to summer colds lasting for several weeks. Both allergies and colds can cause a sore throat, post-nasal drip, headaches, and congestion. However, there are two warning signs that what you’re experiencing isn’t your allergies – a fever and/or muscle aches.