Reality of Seasonal Cough and Cold

When the weather pattern changes its course, the number of coughing patients thronging by consultant physicians augments. Whether it’s winters, hot & humid summers or lashing rainy season, viruses and bacteria never miss an opportunity to attack us. Furthermore, our own eating habits, weak immune system make us vulnerable to infections and increase our chances of falling ill.

  1. Arrival of winters brings along shorter days resulting in less exposure to sunlight. This further leads to shortage of Vitamin D in our body causing weakness in the immune system. When the defence mechanism of the body gets affected, viruses can live longer and multiply. You can always use natural remedies to give your immune system a boost.
  2. The air during the winters can dry out the nasal passage and exasperate the lungs and throat. It’s a difficult phase for asthmatic people as they experience breathing issues due to blockage of nasal passage. This is a cold-induced asthma which can attack the protective linings of nose and throat.
  3. In summers, hot air blows and you sweat a lot. The chances of infections and allergies greatly increase due to constant sweating resulting in sore throat and dry cough. Breathing gets affected due to congestion, particularly in crowded areas.
  4. Breathing smoggy air in summers causes cough due to the presence of a pollutant called ozone which attacks the lungs. It causes swelling of the protective linings of the lungs and triggers asthma. Coughing due to smog is very painful due to frequent discomfort in the chest and throat.
  5. Rainy season is the breeding season for viruses as they multiply at a rapid pace causing common cold along with headache. Other warning signs include breezy nose, nasal congestion etc.
  6. During monsoons, people suffering from lung infections also complain about pneumonia. When the rains lash unpredictably, people are often caught in the middle of it. Therefore, the chances of persistent cough and cold are highest during the rainy season.

Besides day-to-day weather changes, we unwillingly subject ourselves to extreme variations in temperature. Sitting in an air conditioned environment for longer hours and stepping outdoors in hot are also responsible for causing cough. Usually, the symptoms go away in a week’s time but if they persist, a consultant physician can help.     

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