Girls Share Warning About Leaving Aircon On During Night On Holiday In Ayia Napa
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A group of friends came together to warn against leaving air conditioning units running overnight after they were all left coughing while on holiday in Ayia Napa.
TikTok user @belsappiah took to the platform to share the warning this week, as the resort town in Cyprus experiences temperatures in the high 20s.
As Brits don't typically have access to the luxury of air conditioning at home, it's not uncommon for us to utilise it while abroad and relish coming back to a crisp, cold hotel room after a day of sunbathing.
However, after leaving the unit running overnight, the TikToker and her friends found themselves suffering from a dry cough which plagued them as they tried to enjoy their holiday.
Footage showed the group of women coughing and spluttering as they tucked in to a McDonald's, with a caption warning: "This is your sign not to sleep with the aircon on in Ayia Napa."
According to Elite Electric, Plumbing & Air, which specialises in heating, cooling and electrical services, air conditioning can cause persistent, dry coughs as it simultaneously removes humidity and works to cool the air.
"This tends to happen when some people are exposed to cold air, and it’s often called cough-variant asthma," the site explains. "Even if you don’t have other forms of asthma or any other symptoms, you may be suffering from cough-variant asthma."
A comment written alongside the video claimed leaving the air conditioning unit running overnight was 'not worth the chest infection', though the NHS notes it is uncommon to develop an infection from the aircon.
It is possible, however, in the form of a lung infection called legionnaires' disease, which can come from inhaling droplets of water from things like air conditioning or hot tubs. The health service says that while uncommon, the infection 'can be very serious' and is usually caught in places such as 'hotels, hospitals or offices where the bacteria have got into the water supply'.
TikTok users responded to the video to share some advice for others who like to use aircon while abroad, with one person writing: "Always leave the temperature around 26 that way it’s not freezing and at a comfortable level, never had any issues doing it this way."
Not every comment was reassuring, though, with one person writing: "Sleeping with an aircon makes you ill no matter what country."
Though it's unlikely you'll get seriously ill from an air conditioning unit, maybe think twice next time you're tempted to leave it running for hours on end.