Can You Get a Cold in the Summer

Summer Cold Symptoms

Cold in the summer is one of the most common complaints among parents. Some of them think that it’s because they don’t wash their hands enough during the day, but there are many other reasons why they get sick in summer. Here are some of them:

1) Hot weather causes your body to sweat which leads to heat exhaustion and fever.

2) If you have asthma, pollen may cause it.

3) People with diabetes are prone to get heat stroke.

Summer Cold Treatments

There are several ways to treat the summer cold. There are two main methods: 1) use over-the-counter medications or 2) go for medical treatment such as a doctor visit. In case of using medication, make sure that you consult a physician before taking any action.

Antihistamines

These drugs work well to reduce fever and relieve cough. They are available at pharmacies. Make sure that these medicines do not contain alcohol, caffeine, tobacco or sugar.

Antihistamine tablets are usually taken once a day for three days. The duration of time for which you take the drug depends upon how effective it is in reducing fever and relieving cough.

Decongestant

Decongestants are used to dry up mucous. These drugs are available at most drugstores. You can buy them without any prescription.

They are taken in tablet form. In some cases, they are also available as nasal sprays. Decongestants should be taken only for three days. If the symptoms persist after this time period, contact your physician right away.

Antibiotics

If you have a summer cold, your physician may prescribe you an antibiotic. This is useful if your symptoms are caused by bacteria and not virus. Antibiotics should be taken for 5 to 7 days.

If you discontinue the treatment too soon, bacteria may remain in your body and this can lead to several complications.

Taking Care of Your Summer Cold

There are a couple of things that you can do at home to make yourself feel better. The most important thing is to drink a lot of liquids. You can drink water, fruit juices, milk or chicken soup (avoid spicy food though).

If you are suffering from a cough, don’t smoke. Also, try to rest as much as you can. Avoid cold weather and if possible stay indoors.

Stay away from Kids

Kids are the main cause of spreading any infection, especially in summer. If you have a summer cold, try to avoid children. You never know, you may be coughing or sneezing on them, without even knowing it.

This can be very dangerous for them because they have weak immune systems.

Preventing a Cold

If you don’t want to suffer from a summer cold, make sure that you practice proper hygiene. Try to wash your hands several times per day using warm water and liquid soap. This is an effective way of killing any bacteria and virus.

If you have prolonged contact with people who have a cold, you may get sick as well. Some other prevention tips include:

1) Avoid contact with people who have a fever.

2) Try to stay away from cigarette smoke.

Second hand smoke is dangerous for your health as well.

3) Try to avoid crowds as much as possible.

4) Take a lot of rest because when you are stressed, your immune system doesn’t work properly.

5) Try to keep your bedroom cool.

6) If possible, try to spend your summer vacation at a cooler place.

There are several ways in which you can prevent or get rid of a summer cold. The best way is to consult your physician who will be able to suggest the best medication for you based on your medical history. Make sure that you follow the physician’s advice to get rid of your cold within a few days.

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