Catching a cold in the peak of summers looks a little unusual, but people are susceptible to such infections, in this season. It is a fact that many poor souls have to grin and bear. The onset of summer usually translates into a hundred more things that could go wrong with you and your body.
Summer cold is the worst!
What makes matters worse is that all bacterias and viruses present around us tend to become overactive in this season, as the heat is conducive for their multiplication. Now, imagine in this burning hot weather, catching of all things a cold!! Yes, a cold is equally common in summers as it is winters. In fact, maybe that’s why people call cold ‘common’, as it is common across seasons, and can catch us anytime and anywhere.
It always starts the same way, with a body ache, tiredness, which soon develops into fever and loss of appetite. Being a long time sufferer of cold, I have always believed that a cold caught in summers is worse than the one caught in winters. While nothing much is different between the two colds, considering they are in all probability even caused by the same virus, a summer cold I have to say is worse, as it is acutely discomforting. No one likes to feel cold one minute and hot the next. And do you know anyone who enjoys sneezing while sweating at the same time? This is precisely why summer colds just make life so miserable.
Temperature fluctuations the culprit
Imagine a temperature of 40 degrees or more outside, while you are sitting in your room, wrapped in a blanket, with a hanky up your nose, shivering and sneezing with gusto. Temperature difference is the main reason why we can catch a cold in the first place. Drinking chilled water immediately after coming back home, after exposing yourself to the outside heat and sun, or having a hair wash and sleeping in an AC room are just some of the examples of violent temperature fluctuations that we actually inflect on our body unknowingly. These ultimately leave us with a bad case of stuffed nose, sore throat, high fever that finally culminate in a week to ten days into full-fledged cold and cough situation.
However, this season should you or your loved ones come down with this annoying malady, then instead of going to the doctor and taking a course of strong antibiotics, try these simple and easy home remedies that promise not just to cure your cold but make your immunity stronger.
Drown the infection
The best remedy to fight a summer cold is to boil a glass of milk with turmeric, cloves and pepper and drink this concoction as hot as you can. These condiments are known to fight infections especially of the viral variety and the hot milk will fill your stomach without making you feel all stuffed and uneasy. Similarly, a hot bowl of chicken soup or turkey broth does wonders not just for your soul, but also for your weak immune system. Plus it gives a new lease of life to your taste buds, which are simply craving for something salty and tasty. Similarly sipping hot water with freshly squeezed ginger juice is also known to give relief.
The important thing here is that you may believe in starving a cold, but never leave your body thirsty at this time. You simply need to force yourself to drink loads and loads of water, as this helps you wash out the infection little by little from your system. Another thing you must try is gargling with hot water and salt. This is a good grandmas remedy that works on all ages of people, and with regular practice can even spit out the infection.
Oil yourself to better health
Eucalyptus oil is another remedy which works wonder on a summer cold. Simply take some oil in your hands and gently massage it into your chest to put an end to nasal and chest congestion. Should you be uncomfortable using it on yourself, then simply pour a few drops of the oil on your pillow or the cuff of your sleeve and keep sniffing it. You can also add this oil to boiling water and inhale its steam to feel better.
Load up on Vitamin C
When down with cold, either summer or the winter one, the first thing you have to do is increase your intake of vitamin C in whichever way that you can. Instead of taking over the counter pills, try eating more fresh fruits such as oranges, grapefruit or any/all berries. If you are not really a fruit person then try eating broccoli regularly and drinking lemon juice with water. This Vitamin C is useful for our system, as it is known to reduce the duration and even the intensity of the cold.
Another remedy most people suggest is using products containing lots of Echinacea, as these are known to contain immunity boosting properties. It is basically a naturally occurring anti-biotic that works very well if taken immediately, that is when the early symptoms of cold appear.
As those who have had it, will tell you, that summer colds are plain horrible. So, the best thing to do is to try and completely avoid catching or developing one. To prevent it, you need to maintain good hygiene, by washing your hands especially; as you can’t even imagine how many germs we willing feed ourselves with dirty hands.
Also avoid giving your body any kind of temperature shocks by drinking cold water, instead of chilled water. Never sleep with wet hair no matter how hot it is and lastly don’t abuse your AC all the time. Switch it off for a while after you take a bath, to let your body temperature stabilize. And lastly, should you catch a cold in spite of all these precautions then the only way to get better is to try the above mentioned remedies and rest and sleep as much as you can.