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Combatting those lurking summertime germs


Once the winter freeze thaws and the sun soaked days breeze in, it can often seem like you’ve escaped the threat of germs and bacteria for another year. The dreaded winter flu is long gone and the pollen count leaves only hay fever sufferers blowing their nose.


But germs are always lurking around the corner, no matter what the season. In fact, largely thanks to the communal activities involved in the summertime, there is a higher risk of catching germs from others in barbecued food, communal pools, beaches and even your local park.

Starting with hay fever, an allergic reaction to pollen that will affect one in five Brits in their lives, the summertime is loaded with numerous illnesses. Certain strains of the enterovirus (otherwise known as the summer cold) offer some of the more lethal forms of midsummer blues, potentially causing high fever, diarrhoea, skin rash and a nasty cough.

The enterovirus is lesser known than the winter cold, primarily because most people confuse its symptoms with winter allergies. However, without appropriate treatment, it could put you out of action for a large proportion of those all-too-rare sunny months.

So, what can you do to combat this onslaught of harmful bacteria? Much like your winter regime, keep your body well-stocked with vitamins and minerals, maintain a healthy exercise plan and, most importantly, wash your hands regularly to keep them germ-free at all times.

That way you’ll have a clean and healthy season all summer long.