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Summer allergies or summer colds? How to tell

Even though we are well into summer – which tends to be a time of year with fewer illnesses – you might have noticed that summer allergies and summer colds are still sticking around. People are still sniffling, sneezing, dealing with congestion and other symptoms, even though the mercury has risen and we are all […]

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Even though we are well into summer – which tends to be a time of year with fewer illnesses – you might have noticed that summer allergies and summer colds are still sticking around.

People are still sniffling, sneezing, dealing with congestion and other symptoms, even though the mercury has risen and we are all (hopefully) spending time outdoors. It’s certainly no fun to feel miserable in the summer, no matter the reason.

So what gives? Is it summer allergies or summer colds that are causing these issues? It can be hard to tell. For a few things to consider if you are wondering if you have summer allergies or summer colds in your household, read on:

Fever

One sure way to tell if you have summer colds versus summer allergies is if you have a fever. Allergies don’t typically cause fevers but viruses do. So if you or a loved one has a fever, chances are you are sick – and you need to stay home and rest up!

Aches and fatigue

If you are achy and have fatigue, chances are, you are dealing with summer colds and not summer allergies. Body aches and fatigue (more than normal tiredness) are usually sure-fire signs of a virus. The good news is, most viruses only last a week or so.

Itchy, watery eyes

While some viruses and illnesses can cause itchy, watery eyes, generally this is a sign of a summer allergy – not a summer cold.

Length of time

Summer colds generally last about a week or so; summer allergies can last longer. So if you aren’t feeling better in a week or so, it might be worth a trip to the allergist.

Midwest Allergy

The medical experts at Midwest Allergy can help you find relief from your allergy symptoms. There’s no need to suffer! Make an appointment online today.

 

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