Healthy Housing and Cold
A Healthy Housing comprises four pillars: Health, Comfort, Safety and Sustainability. It’s useless without the other. Many times we think we are on the right track but it really is not. In fact sometimes are not even aware of the risks of not having a Healthy Housing, especially in regard to health and safety.
Only because of the cold that comes into our house, we and our family we are exposed to many dangers, viruses and diseases caused by not having the conditions of temperature and humidity. (To learn more about the ideal temperature, click here).
The most common of all the evils caused by the seasonal cold is the flu. Influenza is an infection caused by a respiratory virus. It spreads easily from person to person and occurs mainly between June and September.
The common cold share many symptoms with the flu and is caused by a virus but other times it is caused by allergies or bacteria. It is very contagious, especially in children and there is no effective vaccine for the virus mutation. Fortunately does not last long and although it is always uncomfortable, is not of great gravity.
Nasopharyngitis, also commonly known as upper respiratory infection. Unlike cold fever produces more, takes longer to heal and nasal congestion is most acute. It can lead to laryngitis.
Bronchitis. Any virus can cause respiratory disease. It occurs when the bronchial tubes swell and produce lots of mucus. It usually appears as an evolution of nasopharyngitis. Dry coughing, burning in the chest and wheezing when breathing. People with asthma or smoke tend to exacerbate the process.
Tonsillitis or sore throat. Formed by a bacteria infection is very common in children but can be seen at any age. Produces a sore throat, fever, headache, swollen tonsils and enlarged neck nodes. Need antibiotics to treat it, gargle and plenty of rest.