(WXYZ) – Getting a cold in the summer is not much different than winter when comparing symptoms. But you may perceive the cold to be worse. Nothing makes you feel crummier than being sick and stuck inside while everyone else is having fun outside. Plus, summer colds are not as common, so it seems unfair and unjust when you catch one.
A published study reported loneliness can make a person’s cold symptoms feel worse. When people are lonely, they can perceive illness and physical stressors with higher intensity. This is not surprising, people who are lonely tend to report poorer physical health and have a 26% increased risk of premature death.
1. If you catch a summer cold, try calling a friend. Being social may help relieve feelings of suffering, lift your spirits and reconnect you emotionally.
2. When you’re sick you need to rest. But you can sit outside in your backyard – the fresh air and sunlight can boost your mood.
3. Don’t socialize in person when you’re ill. These viruses can be spread through coughing, sneezing and person-to-person contact.
4. The most important thing I want you to do is wash your hands. Do this often with soap and water for 20 seconds. It’s one of the best prevention methods around.
Enteroviruses are more common during summer, especially for babies, kids and teens. That’s because they are less likely to be exposed to them and therefore have not built up immunity yet. The most common kind of cold during the summer months are rhinoviruses. Both rhinoviruses and enteroviruses can cause runny noses, fever, and muscle aches. Rhinoviruses can cause sore throats, and ear or sinus infections. Enteroviruses can cause severe symptoms like trouble breathing in children with asthma.
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