Can you really sweat out a cold? In the case of cold symptoms such as coughing, runny nose, sore throat, it is a common misconception that going to the sauna helps. Why you shouldn’t go to the sauna with an infection.
You often hear that going to the sauna is supposed to help with colds. After all, regular visits are good for the immune system and increase the body’s defences.
Anyone who has been caught with a cold should rather stay in bed and recover.
Because it is a misconception that pathogens can be effectively combated by visiting the sauna.
Very often this attempt can even contribute to the worsening of the condition and mild cold symptoms become seriously worse after the sauna session.
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Viruses and bacteria cannot simply be sweated out, rather the opposite is the case: most pathogens like warmth and spread even faster at high temperatures.
A simple cold can quickly mutate into a much worse infection due to the sauna session.
When you have a cold, your immune system needs a lot of energy to fight the virus. However, a sauna session is exhausting for the body, which impairs the protective mechanism.
Of course, you should also pay attention to the health of other sauna users and not expose them to an unnecessary risk of infection. The virus spreads particularly quickly in small areas.
When you have a cold, you should stay in bed instead of putting unnecessary strain on your body. Inexperienced sauna-goers in particular should definitely avoid the additional heat.
Even if the symptoms are slowly disappearing, you should avoid going to the sauna for the time being.
Only when your body is completely fit again can you slowly venture into gentle sauna sessions.