With rising temperatures, the air conditioning is also turned up more. However, cooling the air increases the risk of infection, now warns the Upper Austrian Medical Association.
A maximum of five to eight degrees should be between the outside and the cooled interior. A too strong temperature change favors namely infections, so the specialist group representative of ear, nose, and throat medicine in the medical association, Georg Langmayr. With air conditioning, however, the air becomes not only cold but also dry. This can quickly become a problem and dry out the mucous membrane, says Martin Burian, primary physician for ENT, head and neck surgery at the Sisters of Mercy in Linz.
Room humidity should always be at 60 percent
Dry mucous membranes are more susceptible to infections, so room humidity should always be at 60 percent. If you get a chill from the air conditioning, decongestant nasal and salt water sprays, lozenges, and anti-inflammatory medications can help. In general, you should drink plenty of fluids regularly in air-conditioned rooms to prevent infections, according to the medical association.
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