Normally, we associate the flu with autumn or winter. This is because the cold and dry weather of the season seems to be conducive to the growth of the influenza virus. The low humidity of the winter season also helps these small organisms work better. In addition, less exposure to sunlight and vitamin D increases your vulnerability to flu viruses in the winter. However, hot summer days can also cause the flu. Yes, we are talking about summer flu.
You catch a cold in summer when you come in contact with an infected person or object, or drink contaminated water. Like the flu, summer flu is a contagious respiratory disease. While the winter cold is caused by the rhinovirus, enteroviruses (transmitted from person to person by direct contact) are responsible for your summer cold attack.
The symptoms of summer flu are similar to those of the flu at other times of the year. Symptoms include fever, sneezing, congestion and runny nose, sore throat, sore throat, cough and congestion. Sometimes, these symptoms are not confused with other symptoms. People often confuse these symptoms of summer flu with other problems, such as allergies. They vary from mild to moderate to severe. However, influenza viruses are self-limiting. Then, they collapse on their own after one or two weeks. Doctors recommend an annual flu vaccine to keep these viruses at bay.
There are medications to quickly relieve symptoms. But there are also some solutions without drugs. These are the 6 best home remedies to relieve the symptoms of summer flu. Try them.
Saline water acts as a decongestant. © Shutterstock
The accumulation of mucus is a common symptom of summer flu. Saline water removes mucus from the nasal passages. It acts as a nasal decongestant that helps you breathe easily and comfortably.
Take a cup of warm water and add 1 teaspoon of sea salt.
Put a few drops of the solution in your nostril with the use of a dropper.
Then gently blow the nose to remove excess solution and mucus.
Use this remedy three times a day, but no more than that.
It is an excellent antimicrobial agent. © Shutterstock
Turmeric is another popular remedy that you can easily try at home when it comes to treating summer flu. It acts as an excellent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent that helps to recover quickly from viral infections and reduce inflammation. It also helps to cure a sore throat and nasal inflammation.
Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and a little ground black pepper to a glass of warm milk.
Drink it twice a day.
You can also add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and mix well.
To get relief from a sore throat gargle with this mixture twice a day.
CONCEPTION OF HONEY
Honey shortens the duration of the common cold. © Shutterstock
It is another effective home treatment for summer flu. Honey contains compounds with their antimicrobial properties that kill the viruses that cause summer flu. It can soothe an irritated throat while shortening the duration of a common cold, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Mix 2 teaspoons of raw honey with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or ginger juice.
Have this mixture mentioned 2 or 3 times a day.
You can even just swallow a spoonful of raw honey.
Take 1 teaspoon of honey before going to bed to relieve cough.
APPLE SIDRA VINEGAR TONIC
This cooking partner can increase your immunity. © Shutterstock
Apple cider vinegar helps kill the virus responsible for the summer cold, as it creates an alkaline environment in the body. It also provides rapid relief of nasal congestion. Also, it's good for your immunity.
Mix 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of warm water.
Gargle several times a day.
Also, you can mix 1 teaspoon of unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
Add a little honey and drink it twice a day.
This home remedy will speed up the healing process. © Shutterstock
For a faster recovery from summer flu, inhaling steam may be one of the best options. It will quickly relieve symptoms such as throat irritation, sore throat, congestion and nasal discharge. It helps eliminate excess mucus from your system.
Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or menthol to a large bowl of hot water.
Place your face on the container, cover your head with a towel to catch the steam.
Breathe in the steam for about 10 minutes, then blow your nose.
Do this 3 or 4 times a day.
Alternatively, you can take a hot shower or bath and let the steam work to clear your congestion.
This natural remedy keeps your body warm. © Shutterstock
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that help to decrease excess mucus in the respiratory tract. It is also useful to reduce inflammation in your nasal passages. Ginger keeps the body warm, which helps in the healing process. According to several studies, ginger is endowed with antiviral properties. For the relief of summer cold symptoms, you can take it in the form of tea or pills. Simply chewing a few pieces of ginger will also help.
Get thin slices of ginger, put them in a cup of water and boil the mixture for a while to make a tea.
Add some honey to taste and drink tea 3 or 4 times a day.