Summer cold prevention tips

By: Christine Nicholson Email
By: Christine Nicholson Email

Summer is usually the time for beach fun and barbeques but if you're stuck inside with a miserable cold, you may be sick longer than usual.

Medical experts are now saying that summer colds can last longer and have a higher chance of recurring than winter colds.

Winter viruses that cause upper respiratory infections are joined in the warmer months by enterovirus. This virus spread by coughing, sneezing and fecal matter. On top of the typical common cold symptoms, enterovirus can cause diarrhea, sore throats and rashes and linger around longer.

Another summer-specific factors is constant exposure to re-circulated air, which can dry out the lining of the nostrils and provide easier access to viruses. Dr. Muhammed Choudhry of Texas Health WNJ says there are several way to battle these summer colds.

"Most of these should respond to rest and plenty of hydration. They are usually caused by viruses and should get better in a few days. If they do not, you should talk to your doctor and see if there's something else that needs to be done such as a prescription to an antibiotic," said Choudhry.

You can prevent summer colds by following these tips:
WASH HANDS OFTEN
GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
STAY WELL-HYDRATED
EAT A BALANCED DIET
AVOID CONTACT WITH SICK PEOPLE


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  • by singlemom Location: oklahoma on Jun 30, 2012 at 11:08 PM
    people don't keep their kids home when they are sick and send them to school and it gets passed around and then they don't take them to docter like they should not to mention the way people eat these days i mean seriously FRUITS AND VEGGIES EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HYDRATED MY SON IS TWO AND HAS ONLY TWO MINOR COLDS he eats his veggies and fruits and drinks water and juices NO CANDY OR FAST FOOD EXCEPT ONCE IN AWHILE FOR A SPECIAL TREAT
  • by me Location: here on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM
    What is going on with many young kids getting pneumonia and other strange viruses that is requiring hospital stays in Texoma Land??? Anyone else noticing this?
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      by davis on Jul 2, 2012 at 07:03 AM in reply to me
      try chemtrails.com we have the same problem,a friend of ours ask us the same thing,now we know almost any time we see these it happens,read the symtoms of these things.we have heard simular things from other people and relatives just like your talking about.
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