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Summer colds are incredibly annoying, but there’s nothing to panic about. Here’s how to treat them.
Colds are more common during the winter, but they also happen in the summer, when they are especially terrible. Summer colds are usually associated with viruses other than those we experience during the winter. However, there is no need to panic, as colds can be easily treated and improved with the help of some resources.
These colds are usually caused by enterovirus, which thrives when it is hot. Here’s how to prevent and treat a summer cold:
Wash your hands often
Washing your hands is a good way to avoid viruses in general, especially if you go to places and get in touch with different people and places. All pandemic rules apply: wash your hands for more than 20 seconds with soap and water. Failing this, use a hand sanitizer.
Sleep is important to recover from any virus or disease. To rest, be sure to sleep 7 to 9 hours a night and take a nap when your body requires it. Sleep keeps the immune system functioning properly, helping it fight any incoming infection.
Drink plenty of water
Infections and hot weather cause the body to dehydrate quickly. If you have a fever, it is even more important to stay hydrated, as these symptoms can drain your body of fluids very quickly.
Humidifiers and over-the-counter medications can help a lot
Humidifiers are very helpful in relieving coughs and a stuffy nose. They can help you sleep better and recover faster. When it comes to over-the-counter medications, these can help you cope with the symptoms, providing you with temporary relief as your body fights the infection on its own.
Check that it is not COVID-19
Finally, it is very important to take a COVID-19 test if you experience cold-like symptoms, as you should take extra precautions to avoid exposing others. Monitor symptoms, watching for fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. If in doubt, test yourself at your nearest health center, avoiding exposing other people and complications of the disease.
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