Dealing with a Summer Cold
Jul 13, 2015 04:50PM
● By Dia
By Jeffrey Peebles, M.D. – Southlake Medical Director, Complete Care
While most people obviously associate a cold with wintertime, many people suffer summer colds that can be just as miserable. A summer cold can actually be worse when you consider the fact that you will need to stay inside when it’s nice outdoors. Here are some tips that could help you start feeling better quickly if you have to deal with this issue.
A More Common Problem Than You May Think
According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, rhinoviruses cause up to 50 percent of colds, and rhinoviruses are at their most active in the spring, fall and – yes – summer. Summer colds typically do not feel much worse than their wintertime counterparts; they both feature a lot of nasal congestion and discharge, headaches, sneezing, coughing, fever and other issues. Cold symptoms usually are at their worst during the third and fourth days and clear up within a week or so.
Potential Complications of Summer Colds
Since people tend to be more active during the summer than the winter, summer colds can be significantly harder to get over. Activity leads to fatigue and stress, which can make it more difficult for your immune system to fight the virus. In addition, increased activity can lead to dehydration, which can increase the risk of possible complications. A summer cold can be harder to fight even if you stay indoors. Air conditioning takes moisture from the air and can dry your mucus lining, increasing the risk of infection.
The best course of action for fighting summer colds is the same as any other time of the year – getting plenty of rest. You also want to drink plenty of fluids. Just make sure to keep alcohol, coffee and sodas to a minimum because they can make it harder to stay hydrated. You may also want to consider taking zinc lozenges at the first sign of a cold, because they may help you get over it quicker. Installing a humidifier in your bedroom could also help keep your body hydrated so you can get back to normal faster.
If you come down with a summer cold or you ever experience any kind of medical emergency, get in touch with the experts at Complete Care. Contact us online to learn more.
Dr. Jeffrey Peebles, M.D. has an extensive amount of experience in delivering advanced emergency care. He is board certified with the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians/Texas College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Peebles is committed to providing timely, affordable and high-quality medical care to the Southlake community.