Avoid contracting the summer-cold

Contrary to what most believe, colds are not only caused by weather conditions but also by exposure to viruses brought about by these weather conditions. There are over 100 different types of viruses that cause colds and no matter where you try to escape for a summer vacation, chances are that summer-cold viruses will be there too.

Where Do These Viruses Come From?

People are exposed to rhinoviruses and enteroviruses by either touching or shaking hands with an infected person. Touching objects and surfaces that have the viruses on them can result in a person ending up infected. Additionally, changing diapers of an infected person may expose a person to the virus as well.

Drinking water with the virus in it may cause the cold, although chances of catching a cold in summer are one-in-four as compared to winter where certain aspects will increase the risk.

tap water

Confined spaces with filtered air enable the transmission of airborne diseases, as studies have shown catching a cold is directly related to how long you are exposed to the virus. Thus, places like aeroplanes, buses and any other spaces that have a number of people in a confined space for a period of time are an ideal environment for transmission.

Air conditioners which will be set at a standard temperature in those confined spaces are another contributor to summertime infection. It is known that viruses reproduce better in a cold nose; therefore, air conditioners enable the growth of viruses.

Luckily, there are preventions and cures for the summer cold to ensure that your summer is not miserable and gloomy. Unfortunately, you can’t avoid touching contaminated surfaces but avoid touching your face especially around the mouth and nose before washing your hands. Each cold transmission is different, so there is no vaccination or cure, but there are home remedies that can possibly help relieve symptoms.

Some of the home remedies that would help relieve summer cold symptoms:

● Drink plenty of fluids

● Take extra Vitamin C

● Eat hot soup

● For a sore throat, drink hot tea with honey

● To open up nasal passages, take a long steamy shower

Tea with lemon and honey

This post is brought to you by Dettol, in the interest of keeping you and your family safe and healthy, for additional tips on family hygiene visit the Dettol website.

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  1. 2014-12-20 / 15:31

    I ALWAYS get sick after traveling by air – without fail. The worst case of the flu I ever contracted was on a 24 hour ride from Israel to NY. I shudder at the memory.

  2. 2014-12-20 / 18:42

    I totally agree. We get cols from viruses. Nice article and many useful information.

  3. 2014-12-20 / 19:57

    Very informative article. I am going to have to show it to my husband who always gets sick. 🙂

  4. 2014-12-21 / 02:16

    Thank you for this post. Right now it seems like this cold is invading our home.

  5. 2014-12-21 / 03:19

    Great information and perfect for right now since my son has a cold.

  6. sunandhurricane
    2014-12-21 / 03:43

    Colds and viruses, nasty things anytime of the year!

  7. 2014-12-21 / 06:27

    I always get sick every time I decide to start working out at the gym . I join the gym work out a few times then get a bad sinus/cold never fails.

  8. 2014-12-21 / 09:49

    the only thing close to sickness is a very bad cold and it always ruins my week. This article really helps me to be fit through out the year without getting sick at all! 😀

  9. 2014-12-21 / 18:35

    Great article! Another tip for opening airways is to hang some eucalyptus in the shower. The steam will release the smell and open airways.

  10. 2014-12-23 / 05:57

    Thanks for the tips. Have you ever heard of Four Thieve’s Oil? We make wipes and spray with it. Many people say it has anitibacterial and antiviral properties.

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