How To Beat the Summer Cold

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Just recently, my mom came down with nasal congestion, running nose, sneezing and a slight body ache. All the symptoms are the hallmarks of a true common cold. Yes, in the middle of the summer, it is possible!

Most people associate the common cold as a winter health issue but make no mistake – the cold is not seasonal dependent! The symptoms can be the most miserable especially when the weather is nice out and you have to stay stuck indoors to recover.

A summer cold occurs more frequently than you may think. In fact, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious roughly calculates that 30 to 50 percent of colds are triggered by rhinoviruses, which are most active in the spring, summer and fall.

A summer cold will not feel much different from a winter cold in most cases. The term “common cold” includes sneezing, nasal discharge, nasal congestion, cough, low-grade fever, sore throat, headaches and body aches. These symptoms peak on about day three and starts resolving a week later. These symptoms are the same regardless of the season!

The common summer situations, from traveling on planes for vacations to round-the-clock air conditioning, can have the ability to worsen symptoms. Extended plane flights can pose the risk of being likely seated with individuals and things that are infected. You are tightly squeezed in with items like the seat tray that is one of the potential sources for the common cold infection.

Another source, the air conditioning in your office or home tend to extract moisture from the air and cause the protective mucus lining within your nose to dry making it predispose to infection.

What makes it the most challenging about summer cold is the fact that the summer tend to be the most active time of the year. This activity leads to tiredness and more stress which does not help your immune system when it comes to fighting the virus. Furthermore if you are sick with the cold and don’t stay adequately hydrated, the symptoms could worsen.

Is it A Cold or Allergies?

One other challenge of the summer cold is mistaken it for a seasonal allergy. However, it is not that difficult to distinguish if you just pay attention to the symptoms. Cold symptoms appear one at a time and last a week to ten days whereas the seasonal allergy symptoms occur usually all at one time and continue as long as the individual is exposed by the allergy-causing agent. Plus, tons of sneezing and a yellow nasal discharge points to a cold while less sneezing and a watery, clear discharge points to seasonal allergies.

Get Some Relief

To prevent or shorten the summer cold symptoms, keep these remedies in mind:

Be sure to get plenty of fluids in to stay hydrated especially as the summer temperature rises. Stick to water and avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages that can leave your mouth parched like sodas, alcohol and coffee.

Look into buying the following herbs to alleviate the symptoms:

  • Oil of oregano derives from the wild oregano plants and contains two components called thymo and carvacol; these two acts as an anti-bacterial and an anti-viral. This is awesome because it helps to prevent and treat sore throat and colds as they kill the microorganisms responsible for causing the illness. You can find these at any major drugstore or herbal retailer in the form of tablets or capsules.

  • Ginger is the powerful herb spice known to attack symptoms of the flu and cold by soothing aching muscles and easing digestion. There are many ways to use and consume it- either in its rawest form or by swallowing in capsules. I suggest making ginger tea: steep 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger into hot water and drink it two to three times daily.  You may sweeten it by adding honey for the added anti-inflammatory benefit!

  • Garlic contains allicin- an enzyme that has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that strengthens the immune system. You can add it to your meals by chopping garlic and letting it sit first for about 15 minutes before adding it your food. This helps to activate the allicin. If you dislike the odor or taste, there are capsules form that you can purchase at your local drugstore too.

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Buy a homeopathic medicine and follow the instructions especially within the first 24 hours of experiencing cold symptoms. I brought Boiron ColdCalm from my local drugstore and this item by far, has been the best homeopathic remedy to resolve the symptoms fairly quickly.

Get plenty of rest and use a humidifier in your bedroom to resolve the dry air coming from the AC.

By taking action at the first signs of symptoms, you will definitely be on your way to kick the cold's butt in time to get out there and enjoy the summer!

Have you ever gotten sick during the warmer weather? What remedies did you use? Share + comment below!