Do You Have Summer Allergies or a Cold?
Summer is the time for fun and sun – not coughing, sneezing, and feeling under the weather. Unfortunately, summer colds and summer allergies sometimes get the best of us and hinder our plans. While many people look forward to summer, for those suffering from allergies, it can be a truly miserable time of year. Most of the common environmental triggers for allergies peak during spring and summer, causing the onset of allergy symptoms. These can get confused with a summer cold – so here’s how to tell if you are suffering from allergies.
Although many people react differently to different allergens, the most common symptoms include:
- Running, congested, itchy sinuses
- Watering and/or itchy, bloodshot eyes
- Sneezing and coughing
- General fatigue
One sure way to identify summer allergies is if you feel significantly better and find relief when you leave the outdoors and go indoors. Since summer air is saturated with pollen, you can know if you are suffering from allergies is by removing yourself from such an environment.
Although summer allergies can last all season, you can find relief through these tips:
- Take probiotics
- Drink tea made with natural antihistamines, like nettle leaf
- Saline rinses and saline nasal sprays
- Drink diluted apple cider vinegar
- Avoid wooded/overgrown areas and activities like gardening where airborne allergens might be present
- Stay hydrated to keep your nasal passages well lubricated
If you have a cold during the summertime, these tips can help:
- Frequently wash your hands using anti-bacterial soap
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink plenty of water
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- Gargle with salt water to relieve a sore throat
- Rub tea tree oil on your chest to open up congested airways
Summer colds and summer allergies can make the season sour for many of us, so get the help you need to fight either one. For minor to moderate injuries and medical issues, visit Sand Canyon Urgent Care. Call us today for more information about our Irvine and Stanton centers.