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Seven ways to avoid summer colds

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Health Desk: 29 April 2018: Summer colds are the worst among the colds in several seasons. If we become careful over some cases we can remain free from catching cold in summer season. Here are some tips that may keep you protected from summer cold.

1. Wash your hands often:

Germs are spread from a contagious person to a healthy person typically by hand, whether directly or indirectly. Your greatest defense is to wash your hands several times a day with warm, soapy water.

2. Drink plenty of liquids:  

While you can’t flush a cold out of your system, drinking water and other liquids. Many orange juices are filled with sugar and may worse a cold if not added with another less sugary drink. Consider juicing your own orange juice or getting fresh squeezed juice.  Also, many people forget about juicing lemons.  Lemons will help not only with your throat but also will help prevent dehydration and maintain your body’s fluids.

3. Go out for sometimes:  

With a winter cold, many of us spend time under the covers and indoors as much as possible. But with a summer cold, we are more likely to catch a cold in indoors rather than outdoors. Indoor, air conditioned environments and tight closed spaces, such as airplanes, pose many virus-sharing risks and ultimately increase the likelihood of catching a cold. That’s why a little time spent relaxing in the sun can be good for you. Why? Because the sun’s ultraviolet rays can kill cold viruses, just as ultraviolet light can kill surface germs.

4. Take sufficient rest:

It’s easier said than done in the summertime, but in order for your body to recover from a virus, you must get plenty of rest.

5. Never neglect symptoms:

While there is no cure for the common cold, there are many over-the-counter treatment options available to help ease the symptoms, including cough suppressants, fever reducers, and nasal decongestants.

6. Eat seasonal fruits:

Eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and nutrients will help boost your body’s immune system. In addition to being naturally good for you, they’re delicious — especially when in season!

7. Take aid from a Humidifier

If you live in a dry climate, the dryness of the air, coupled with a bad summer cold, can leave your throat feeling raw and sore. Placing a humidifier in your bedroom at night can help moisturize the air so you can sleep more comfortably. A cool-mist humidifier is also helpful to keep the room feelings cool, instead of warm and stuffy like a warm humidifier can. Remember to clean your humidifier with vinegar and water after each use to sanitize any germs that may linger and possibly reinfect you with the virus.