Causes of summer sore throat: how to treat a sore throat
Summer sore throat – the disease is quite common. Hypothermia, cold drinks and ice cream, long stay under the air conditioner are factors contributing to the development of the disease. Angina or acute tonsillitis (the medical term for this ailment) is called an inflammatory process in the tonsils caused by an infection. In most cases, acute tonsillitis is caused by staphylococci and streptococci. But from where the microbes are taken there, let’s understand.
Summer sore throat: why are some sick and others not?
In winter or autumn, we often get a sore throat infection after contact with an infection carrier. In the summer, many factors can undermine our immunity and lead to a violation of the state of the microflora in the tonsils (glands). Often a sore throat, that is, acute tonsillitis is a relapse of chronic non-treated or improperly treated tonsillitis, in which a prolonged inflammatory process occurs in the tonsils, the glands self-purification is lost, and the tonsils become a breeding ground for infection. The same foci of infection, contributing to the development of angina, are in the untreated long carious teeth.
To a significant increase in pathogenic microflora in the tonsils – that is, streptococci or staphylococci, etc. factors well known to each of us lead to: hypothermia (outdoors or while swimming in water), overheating in the sun, which undermine the body’s defenses. As well as ice drinks and ice cream, cooling throat and helping to reduce local immunity, conditioners, etc. By the way, air conditioners often become breeding grounds for bacteria, if you do not change the filters in them in time and do not clean the accumulated dust and microbes. As a result, having breathed such air from day to day, and even working in a draft, an absolutely healthy person can get sick with angina.
How to treat a sore throat in summer
Symptoms of tonsillitis at the onset of the disease are the same as for a cold: pain and sore throat, headache, malaise, swollen lymph nodes, fever. The temperature can rise to 38-39 degrees and higher, especially with lacunar tonsillitis, which is accompanied by severe pain in the throat and purulent plaque in the tonsils. Sore throat – a disease of an infectious nature and it is impossible to cure the disease only by “herbs”. So you just “heal” the disease and acute tonsillitis will turn into a chronic form, which will often worsen.
Sore throats weaken the body, give complications to the heart, joints, kidneys, etc., so self-treatment of sore throats, especially in children, is unacceptable! In case of bacterial sore throat, taking antibiotics will be required, the type of which and dosage will be correctly calculated only by a doctor. It is necessary to observe a bed rest and as much as possible to promote recovery. In addition to rinsing with antiseptics or decoction of herbs, it is important to drink plenty of fluids so that toxins are eliminated from the body more quickly. Food should be soft and slightly warm (mashed potatoes, soups, steamed vegetables, fish) so as not to irritate and scratch the sore throat. Well help inhalations with herbs and antiseptic solutions: for these purposes it is convenient to use inhalers and nebulizers – a special device. It is especially convenient to do with their help inhalations to children.
Preventing summer sore throat: how to help the throat
Try to avoid sudden changes in temperature, it is stressful for the body, which undermines the immune system. This applies to changing the room in which the air conditioner is operating on the sun and vice versa. The same is true of the coming bathing season: if you are overheated on the beach, do not dive abruptly into the water, walk in gradually or wipe your arms, shoulders, and abdomen with water beforehand. On the upcoming vacation, the body’s defenses may weaken acclimatization: therefore, while getting used to the local climate, do not overheat and do not overcool. Be careful to eat cold food and drink.