Summer flu: If, on hot summer days, the cold comes

The myth of “summer flu”: the common cold is a danger, even in warm temperatures

With colds or flu it is expected rather in the cold winter months. But even in summer temperatures can plague us cough, runny nose and hoarseness. Mostly the talk is of a so-called “summer flu”. There is such a type of flu but not really – or is it a myth?

If the outdoor temperatures are around 30 degrees in the bed

It is truly not pleasant, when at 30 degrees, the sun is shining and you do not need to spent the day outside in the sun or in the Park, but inside the bed to spend, and a cough, runny nose and hoarseness make life difficult. A lot of talk about a so-called “summer flu”. But there is such a type of flu at all? The “HKK health insurance Fund explains” on your website.

Also in the summer heat can cough, runny nose, and hoarseness plagues. Many talk of a “summer flu”. But there is such a type of flu really? (Image: Monkey Business/

Sufficient number of pathogens

Even if the autumn and Winter as cold season, it does not mean that you can’t withdraw it even in the summer, a flu-like effect.

Although the word “cold”, the word “cold” is, it needs not necessarily cold outside temperatures, for an appropriate infection. Cold, in itself, plays only an indirect role.

How the insurance company writes is much more important that a sufficient number of pathogens a suitable gap in the immune system found in our body. This happens less often in the summer, but is still possible.

Very common cold disease

In the case of the “summer flu” is a colloquial description and not a precise medical term.

If it is spoken, it is, in most cases, a common cold illness and not the flu.

The real flu, Influenza, called, in General, with a high fever usually over 39 degrees Celsius and strong headaches and body pain.

If, however, a “summer flu,” the speech, it’s usually a runny nose, cough, hoarseness, and occasionally a slight fever.

It is nothing more than what Doctors as flu, caused by very ordinary and rather harmless cold viruses. Therefore, there is no special summer flu Virus.

Drafts and air conditioners

But in the summer there are always special conditions that make it these cold viruses easily.

So, for example, drafts of our body or certain parts of the body can cool down more than it actually would be good. The result is that the organism at these Points reduces blood circulation. And the offers pathogens an attack surface.

The case fans can adjust to a similar Situation.

Also problematic climate can be plants. Because when you switch from outside to inside and the temperature difference can be significant, causing the cycle of Stress is set.

And just when you enter sweaty air-conditioned rooms, the cold risk is high, because sweat evaporates immediately and in the cooler environment no longer holds.

The effect of the body’s own cooling system is superimposed with the air conditioner, and the body cools down for you. Therefore, make sure that air conditioning systems tend to be more moderate and the temperature difference is compared to the outside world too big.

It is a space in which they have no influence on the air conditioning, it is recommended to have a thin jacket or a light sweater in the process, which can coat them in appropriate situations quickly.

One should be careful especially in the evening hours, because then the temperatures usually fall relatively quickly. This is especially true if the sky is clear.

For the cozy evening in the beer garden or on the garden terrace should be kept at the best and Warm clothing at the ready.

The best prevention

Regardless of which applies, of course, that cold viruses also have in the summer, only a real Chance if our body’s immune system is weakened.

Who is not under Stress, who is generally physically fit and who eats unhealthy and, in particular, vitaminarm, in summer as in Winter, more prone to colds.

A lot of movement in the fresh air strengthens the immune system, thus preventing also infections.

In addition, you can strengthen the body’s defenses by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Disease cure

If it caught one yet, is it the flu, even with the “Summer”, as with all colds, the Best, the disease in all of the rest cure.

The common cold should not be deported. If fever sets in, is bed rest necessary – even if this is just in the height of summer few pleasure.

In the case of the attacked mucous membranes house to offer remedies such as herbal teas relief. Thyme and sage contain essential Oils with mucolytic and anti-inflammatory effect.

With vitamin-rich immune system support diet in the fight against the pathogen.

In severe cases, such as with a fever or if the cold on the bronchi or the nose beside caves, you should definitely go to the doctor. (ad)