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Is it a Summer Cold or Allergies?
Learn the difference between a summer cold and allergies to help you identify it, beat it, and get back to feeling better in no time! Dr. Reena Mehta explains summer colds, summer allergies, symptoms, and treatments.
“Dr. Mehta is my favorite allergist I’ve ever seen! Really comprehensive care and great attention to detail. Very friendly and compassionate, and spends a lot of time talking things through. She has helped me with allergy maintenance and flare ups, and my allergies feel much better controlled.“
– Maddie H, March 2020
What is a Summer Cold?
There are many hundred strains of rhinovirus that are responsible for causing the common cold. Catching a specific strain of rhinovirus virus will help you produce immunity to that one strain. However, people still catch colds several times in a year and throughout their lifetime due to infection with other viral strains.
Summer Cold Symptoms
What is a Summer Allergy?
Summer Allergy Symptoms
How long will it last?
Timing of Symptoms
Types of Symptoms
While summer colds and allergies can both cause symptoms like runny nose, congestion, and itchy throat, a severe cold can cause symptoms like sweats and fever.
Summer Allergy Symptoms
Summer Cold Treatment
Cold symptoms will resolve over time even without any treatment. Before taking any over-the-counter medicines, always consult with your doctor.
How to Avoid a Summer Cold
• Wash your hands and limit your exposure to sick people – Colds can be transmitted from person to person and sometimes from touching contaminated surfaces with the virus.
• Boost your immune system – Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, stay hydrated, and avoid excessive activity or stress. These are all ways to make sure your immune system is functioning at its best in the event it must fight off a summer cold virus.
Summer Allergy Treatment
There are also over-the-counter treatments. Saline sprays and rinses help wash away allergens from the nasal lining. Antihistamines can also help with itchiness and inflammation.
If your summer allergies are severe, you may want to consult with your allergist about other alternatives such as allergy shots.
How to Avoid a Summer Allergy
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Concerned that your summer cold might actually be allergies? It might be time to see a specialist. Dr. Mehta has a reputation for developing strong relationships with her patients and being exceptionally attentive to their needs and concerns.
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