Do Colds Happen During the Summertime?

The rhinovirus is a type of virus that is extremely common, in fact, you probably know it as the common cold. Calling this virus a cold has led to the common misconception that it only occurs during the wintertime. Unfortunately, colds can occur anytime of year. Summertime colds can be tricky to diagnose thanks to seasonal allergies that display a lot of the same symptoms. Most summertime colds aren’t a big deal, but it’s still good to know how to identify them so you can start at home treatment early!

Summertime Cold Symptoms 

Summertime cold symptoms are the same as cold symptoms during the winter. Symptoms typically come on gradually and get worse over the course of 2 to 3 days. The most common cold symptoms include: 

  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue 
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat 
  • Headache 

Seasonal Allergies 

Seasonal allergies share a lot of the same symptoms as a cold, but there is some key difference. Allergy symptoms don’t typically cause muscle aches or fatigue. They also come on suddenly and all at once when you’re exposed to an allergen. Seasonal allergies can also cause sneezing, runny nose, congestion, coughing, and a headache, just like a common cold. Allergies may also cause your eyes to be red, watery, and itchy. Wheezing can occur in more severe cases of seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies can be treated using over the counter medication, prescription medication, and by avoiding your known allergy triggers as much as possible. 

Cold Prevention and Treatment 

Colds can be prevented using the same methods we’ve all become familiar with during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frequent hand washing and not touching your face when you’re in public are two of the easiest ways you can prevent a summer cold. You can also lead a healthy lifestyle that promotes a healthy immune system and keep a safe distance between yourself and strangers when you’re in public. 

If you develop a cold despite your best efforts, you’re not alone! Luckily, most cold symptoms subside within 7 to 10 days. Over the counter cough and cold medication can help alleviate some of your symptoms. Plenty of rest and hydration promotes quicker recovery, so don’t be afraid to use those sick days to stay home from work or school! Drink warm liquids to soothe a sore throat. Taking a hot shower and using a humidifier can help lubricate your nasal passages to relieve congestion. If your symptoms don’t get better in a week or so, it’s worth a visit to a nearby urgent care center to rule out the possibility of seasonal allergies! 

Contact AFC Urgent Care Cedar Grove today to learn more about urgent care services for summertime cold treatment and seasonal allergy management.


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