Taking a sauna when you have a cold: a good or bad idea?

Sauna bei Erkältung

It is precisely when the days get colder and shorter that many people take to the sauna. A sauna can be really good for you: the change in temperature trains the body’s heat regulation system and the organism learns to adapt better to various temperatures. But what about going to the sauna when you have a cold: a good or bad idea?

Picture: Sauna – a good or bad idea?
Picture: Sauna – a good or bad idea?

 

Going to the sauna when you have a cold …

… is generally not a good idea! In some cases, the sweating cure places too much stress on a body that has already been weakened by poor health. The cardiovascular system can be seriously affected by a session in the sauna. Depending on how advanced the infection is, a doctor should be consulted and an individual decision can then be made as to whether a trip to the sauna is recommended or whether it would be best avoided.

Can saunas prevent a cold?

As a general rule of thumb, a weekly or twice-weekly sauna session lasting about 15 minutes can help to improve blood flow in the nose and throat area. This results in the accumulation of more defence cells, which intercept potential germs. Regular saunas can therefore help to prevent colds.

To be on the safe side, saunas should be avoided if you have a heavy cold. The sweating bath can be helpful for prevention purposes but enjoy in moderation and only if you like it. Combined with a balanced diet, regular exercise and sufficient fluids a sauna session can help to support the immune system and – apart from that – is simply the right thing to do on some days.

Do you like going to the sauna?

Picture: Saunas should be avoided if you have a heavy cold
Picture: Saunas should be avoided if you have a heavy cold

 

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