With the arrival of the summer months, many people think that at least winter diseases such as flu and colds are behind us. But everyone ignores a disease that causes complaints such as weakness and cough, just like in winter; summer flu!
Another is summer flu, which is legionnaires’ disease; Body resistance, increased time in common areas, beaches, sea, pool and most importantly due to air conditioning.
Although summer flu can affect almost everyone, there may be a serious danger, especially for expectant mothers with low body resistance during pregnancy.
For this reason, it is important to know enough about summer flu and to know what needs to be done to avoid this disease.
What is Summer Flu?
Summer flu; Unlike the ones seen in autumn and winter, it occurs in the form of a kind of allergy that develops against particles in the air, similar to hay fever.
Factors that can cause an allergic reaction in the air; Depending on the decrease of one’s body resistance, air conditioning powders, beaches and mass-related places, flu-type virus can lead to infection in summer.
Although it shows similar symptoms with influenza, the organisms caused by the disease are very different from flu. First of all, this disease does not infect the person. The disease microbe; spread suprebly and spreads in water installations, cooling towers and ventilation systems. It manifests itself by inhaling water particles passing through these devices or escaping into involuntary breathing pathways. Within days, the person gradually begins to get sick.
Especially when mothers are caught in summer flu, winter flu or cold scolds or recommended drugs should not use, should necessarily consult an otolaryngologist.
What are the Symptoms of Summer Flu?
• Weakness and fatigue,
• Deep and wheezing breathing,
• Swelling in diarrhea and abdominal area,
• Muscle aches are among the symptoms of summer flu.
However, when it comes to pregnancy, symptoms such as resentment, intense headaches, frequent fever, intense joint pain can also be seen.
What to Do to Prevent Summer Flu during Pregnancy
Air conditioning use in summer should be generally minimal. However, if air conditioning is required, it is very important that the air conditioning is closed frequently after waiting for a while, running for a few hours light but uninterrupted, setting the temperature too low, establishing it to achieve the ideal coolness, regular maintenance and timely refurbishment of its filters. It is healthier than the air conditioning cooling of the room to be observed through the window.
• In the environment where the mother-to-be is located, the air conditioning temperature should be between 22-23 degrees,
• Mother-to-be should avoid sudden changes in hot – cold weather,
• In the environment where the mother-to-be is present, the severity of the air outlet of air conditioning and air conditioning-like coolers should be at the lowest setting,
• Air conditioning should not be activated while sleeping, but if it is to be operated, it should not blow directly to the mother’s candidate,
• In hot weather where fluid loss increases, the mother should always consume at least 2.5 liters of water in order not to be badly affected.
• Mother-to-be must take a shower after the pool and sea.
• Make the choice of clothing from thin and cotton ones.
• The mother-to-be must change her sweaty clothes without waiting at all.
• Should not be exposed directly to the cold of air conditioning while sweating.
• Light foods should be consumed instead of fatty and heavy meals.
• The mother-to-be can use lozenges to relieve the sore throat.
• Saltwater or ocean water can be used for nasal congestion.
• The expectant mother should not return to her normal activity immediately when her complaints improve, but continue to rest for a while for a full recovery.
Symptoms of this type of summer flu or infections, which are fever-related, can sometimes be confused with pneumonia, bronchitis and other virus infections that occur quietly and are not always classically visible. These diseases can lead to unintended consequences during pregnancy.
Therefore, it should be investigated in terms of differential diagnosis whether there is any factor such as bacteria or amoeba under the cases of diarrhea in the summer season, and whether there is another virus or infection in other cases such as a fever cold.