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In the summer, you know, the heat is such that you try to cool off and make the surrounding environment as welcoming as possible. One of the commonly used tools, in these cases, is the air conditioner, able to bring the right amount of fresh to the premises, giving relief to those who just can’t tolerate the heat.

Unfortunately, too often, the need to avoid sweating as much as possible means that this tool is used excessively, leading to typical and very annoying disturbances. Let’s see then what are the negative effects given by the use of the air conditioner and the presence of air conditioning in public places…

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The most common disorders

Sore throat. When you get too close to the air conditioning, exaggerating with the temperatures or staying too close to the point where the air comes out, one of the first symptoms that arise is that of a sore throat. This happens due to the dehydration which, if not acted upon in time, can lead to momentary voice loss or the development of bronchitis. The solution, in these cases, is to not use temperatures that are too low, Do not stay close to the air emission. Even the frequent change of air can make the difference.

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Joint pains. Backache, stiff neck, sciatica… These are all “summer” problems caused by air conditioning. Often the problem arises because in the hope of cooling off we place ourselves in front of the jet of cold air while we are sweaty. Else because we watch TV, we work and, even worse, we sleep with a very cold temperature that is in sharp contrast with external temperatures. The solution? Try not to create a sort of north pole to recover from the heat but an environment that is just about the right amount of freshness.

Headache. Air conditioning that goes on all night can cause severe headaches. Here too the advice is to not overdo it and to keep the rooms cool but not cold. Ideally, turn on the air conditioner in the bedroom when you are still staying in another room and turn it off when you go to sleep. The room will now be cool but not cold and in the absence of the constant jet of air, the head will also benefit.

Otitis and conjunctivitis. Yes, even eyes and ears are affected by thermal changes, especially when they are sudden or when the cold becomes a constant. Much better to avoid going from the heat to the cold at least when you are at home, thus enduring the one imposed by public places such as cinemas or supermarkets. Even there, having a cardigan or light jacket to wear in case you perceive a temperature that is too cold can be a good solution to adopt and to which you can combine sunglasses to protect your eyes. And if you suffer from otitis, cotton to be inserted into your ears to isolate them from temperatures that are too cold. In cases of sudden pain, an anti-inflammatory prescribed by the attending physician may be another solution which should not be abused.

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Stomach ache. Digestion blocks are common during the summer. However, they do not depend only on diving in too cold water but also on the presence of air conditioning at polar temperatures. It is always best to keep the belly (and back) area covered if you suffer easily from these disorders. In this way it will be easier to avoid annoying colic, living a more peaceful summer period.

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But what are other ways to protect yourself from the negative effects of air conditioning?

  • First of all, drink a lot of water so as to remain constantly hydrated, avoiding the dryness that is instead encountered with exposure to air.
  • Avoid sleeping with the air conditioner on and staying too close to it when you are sweating.
  • Try to limit the temperature range and, finally, keep the air conditioner filters clean. This is an aspect that few people pay attention to and that instead has a great importance as the filters can convey bacteria. For this reason they should be cleaned at least once a month. 

By following these simple rules, even the use of the air conditioner will be more manageable and you can enjoy human temperatures without unpleasant health consequences.

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