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What Is 'Coachella Cough' - And How Can You Avoid Getting Sick At Festivals?
‘Coachella Cough’
According to Respiratory Therapy Zone, “Coachella cough is a condition brought on by exposure to large crowds and dusty conditions.”
It’s similar to a cold or flu with symptoms of coughing, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, fever, and body aches. The festival environment leaves your body prone to illness.
Stay Hydrated
Hydration is very important when you’re outdoors for hours on end. Not only are you sweating, screaming, and dancing, but alcohol can also severely dehydrate you.
Alcohol is a known diuretic that causes frequent urination, so make sure you have water or a drink with electrolytes during the festival.
Avoid Smoke, Wear A Mask
Smoke can irritate the throat, so it is best to avoid it when possible. Coachella organizers also recommend wearing a mask to protect against dust and viruses.
Take Allergy Medication
The amount of dust in the air can be the worst nightmare for those with allergies. Allergy medication will prepare the body for treating imminent symptoms.
People with a history of allergies, asthma, or other lung-related problems should be taking allergy medicine before they arrive.
Sanitize Frequently
It might seem like the most obvious, but hand sanitizer is very important because of the portable toilets and the need to reapply makeup.
You should use it before eating or touching your face and even consider bringing disinfecting wipes to wipe down a table before you use it.