During the summer, having a runny nose, sore throat or cough combined with sneezing may lead you to believe you have allergies. But these symptoms are tell-tale signs of a classic summer cold. The two are equally annoying, so how do you tell the difference?
Nasal congestion and clear nasal discharge are the most common similarities between allergies and a summer cold. But there are marked differences – mainly itching for allergies and fever and achiness for a cold.
Here are ways to help you further differentiate between the two:
In addition to congestion and sneezing, allergies can include:
Allergies can have outdoor causes such as pollen from trees, grasses and weeds, or can be caused by indoor allergens such as dust mites, cockroaches, mold spores or animal dander. Allergies are uncommon in children younger than 2 years of age. See a physician for diagnosing and treating allergies.
Getting over a summer cold
Summer colds are as inconvenient as they are annoying, particularly when they interfere with vacations, outdoor activities and other events. The duration of a cold varies depending on your body’s immune system, your diet, the fluids you drink and your activities.
Here are some tips to help you quickly conquer your cold and get back to fun in the sun:
Remedies know to shorten the length of a common cold in children (items available at pharmacies and natural food stores):
Therapies that are not effective in children: Benadryl, echinacea, over-the-counter antihistamines, antitussives, decongestants and vitamin C.
Remedies for adults: