As much as you try to pace yourself in the summer, summer seems to have it’s own distinct brand of busy. I guess that is what occurs when we Western New Yorkers try to cram many of our biggest social events into a three-month period. From vacations to festivals, family picnics to summertime sports, summer can be such a busy time. For children and parents alike, the aftermath can mean a family of rundown individuals and summer ailments.
This family is getting over summer ailments. We are typically healthy individuals. So I was a bit perplexed over this issue. The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease estimates that 30 to 50 percent of common colds are caused by rhinovirus. Such symptoms include: sneezing, nasal discharge, sore throat, cough, low-grade fever, headaches, and malaise. An article on the web site Everyday Health informs us that with the increase in activities in our lives, our immune systems take a hit. This can be further complicated by dehydration issues and air conditioning. We have many scorching days this summer that have made proper hydration a true challenge. Dehydration makes cold symptoms worse. Air conditioners extract moisture from the air and can dry out the protective mucous membrane of the nose, making us more susceptible to infections.
Like other times of the year, rest, extra fluids, frequent hand washing, and stress management can help prevent and treat the common cold. A nice additional tool to fight the summer cold pointed out by Dummies.com is eating the fresh fruit that is more readily available this time of the year. All-in-all it is just so hard when there is so much fun to be had. Sigh, sniffle, sniffle…..