by Deena Bradford, LPN
Who has time to be sick? Especially in the summer when you spend a lot of time outdoors with activities, vacations, and getaways. Is a summer cold putting a damper on your life or seasonal allergies? After all, you do know what state we live in!
A summer cold is the result of a viral infection. It usually starts with a burning feeling in your nose or throat. Sneezing, runny nose, and feeling tired are also good indicators. A fever is usually not present. As the illness progresses, the mucus becomes thicker and darker and a cough usually develops. Antibiotics are not used to treat a cold. Treat the symptoms by increasing your Vitamin C intake, drink plenty of fluids, and getting enough rest. There are multiple over-the-counter products available like: Tylenol, Mucinex, cough drops, and saline sprays.
How do you know if you are dealing with allergies instead of a cold? Do you have itchy, watery, red eyes? Itchy nose, throat, and a dry cough? If yes, you are probably dealing with seasonal allergies. There are multiple over-the-counter products available for allergies also. Claritin, Allegra, Benadryl, and allergy eye drops are just a few of the products you can purchase.
Bottom line, if your symptoms get worse or are not responding to the over-the-counter medications, contact your physician. Let him decide the next step to making your summer illness free.
Deena Bradford, LPN
6307 Waterford Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73118