From your health and wellness experts at Prisma Health
July 14, 2017

Summer cold or seasonal allergies?

Colds are often thought of as a winter illness, but they can happen any time of the year. And because their symptoms are similar to seasonal allergies, they can often be confused. 

Some of these symptoms are:

  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

Katie Schill, nurse practitioner with Palmetto Health’s Mobile Clinic, offers some tips on how to tell the difference:

Allergies tend to include sneezing, a more watery nasal discharge and itchy, watery eyes. If your symptoms change with a change in location, for instance from inside to outside, then you likely are suffering from allergies. 

Seasonal allergies also tend to happen at the same time each year; whereas, colds can happen any time of the year.

Cold symptoms, whether in the summer or winter, tend to last approximately 10 days.

So, when should you see a provider?

  • Symptoms are getting worse
  • Cold symptoms won’t go away after two weeks
  • Fever for three days or more
  • Wheezing
  • Seek immediate care for shortness of breath or chest pain

Allergies and colds can be managed with over-the-counter medication; however, if your allergy symptoms are not relieved by over-the-counter medication and are impacting your ability to carry out daily activities, see your provider.

Same-Day Care

For same-day care for minor illnesses such as colds and allergies, visit Palmetto Health’s Mobile Clinic.

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