It’s summer, and that means you have more time to spend with the family outside in the warm weather. The cold and dreary weather is finally behind us. So, why do you or your children still have sore throats? You might be curious. After all, summer is for relaxing under the sun — not for irritating and itchy throats.
You’re not alone in your scratchy throat predicament.
In a recent study on 3,000 participants, 82% said they regularly suffer from a sore throat in the spring and summer months. The vast majority of sore throats are products of viral infections - but, some are caused by allergies.
Summer colds and allergies have similar symptoms. If you’re showings signs of congestion, coughing, tiredness, and headaches, you most likely have a summer cold or have allergies, such as hayfever.
So, what do you do when dust, dehydration, and allergies get the best of you and your family? We’ve created a detailed overview of what causes those summer sore throats, and included some actionable tips for overcoming them, which can be applied immediately.
Causes of your Summer Cold
The odds of you contracting a head cold in the summer months are lower than they are in the winter months but, it’s still a possibility.
The following factors can be seen as contributing causes:
- Stress from travelling, on a family holiday, can causes exposure to large, potentially infected, groups of people and interaction with contaminated surfaces, and you could be setting you and your children up as perfect irritated throat candidates.
- Warmer weather calls for cooler homes, so air-conditioning usage increases during these hot months. Cool environments are perfect for enabling the growth of viruses. Dust can hide in air-conditioned units and be breathed in when you try to cool off your house. So, stay mindful of maintaining the cleanliness of your AC unit.
Summer Allergies and Sore Throats
Particular allergies, including reactions to grass and weeds, come about the same time every year and carry on throughout the season. However, if you are experiencing an itchy throat, it is expected to go away within a week.
How to treat a Summer Sore Throat
Regardless of the season, methods for treating a sore throat are pretty much the same. Take a look at the tips below to help get rid of a troubling sore throat that your child or you might be suffering from:
- Keep a supply of medicated throat lozenges , such as Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free Lozenges, to keep the itchiness at bay and kill the germs.
- Take a warm shower and inhale the steam to loosen your congested head.
- Get plenty of sleep. How much we recommend every day depends on age group:
- Adults (18+): 7-9 hours
- Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
- School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
- Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
- Toddlers (1-2): 11-14 hours
- Infants(4-11 months): 12-15 hours
- Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
- See your family doctor if symptoms persist.
- Maintain air-filtration systems. Dust can be a major contributor to allergies in the summer, and maintaining a clean home, by regularly cleaning air-condition units, is the best way to ensure your sinuses remain dust free.
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