Summer colds can be just as common as the miserable colds we catch in winter. Unfortunately, even if the sun is shining and the temperature is as warm as it can be in Britain, the chances of infection spreading do not decrease. Most of the time, a summer cold is mistaken with suffering from an allergy, but it’s important to treat yourself with the right medicine for what you have. This blog will help clear a few misconceptions up and advise you on how to determine a summer cold from a bad pollen reaction! There are a few ways in which you can tell whether you’re dealing with a cold or an allergy. Firstly, it is best to look out for other symptoms you may have. Of course, sneezing, congestion, a sore/itchy throat and a runny nose are common in both, however, they do not share all the same symptoms. Look out for coughing, sweating and if you are running a fever, if this is the case, it is likely that you are dealing with a summer cold. Allergy symptoms tend to last longer than a cold if your symptoms seem to last around 1-2 weeks, it’s more than likely you have a summer cold. If you have symptoms that are persistent and you are struggling for a longer period of time, you are probably looking at an allergy flare up. Colds are not usually as consistent as an allergy. This means that if you are experiencing a fluctuation in the severity of your symptoms, you can usually determine this as a cold, allergies are usually a lot more consistent in the symptoms you experience. The symptoms that come along with a summer cold normally develop over a time and through different stages, with an allergy, you usually have to deal with all symptoms at once. It is also advisable to keep an eye out on the nasal discharge, as with colds, the discharge will normally develop into a thick mucus, whereas with an allergy, it tends to be translucent and much a thinner consistency. So, now that you know what symptoms to look out for, how can you prevent it from getting to that stage? Look after your immune system! You can do this in a number of ways, eat nutritious, healthy food, avoid stressful situations as much as possible and consider taking vitamins and supplements that help to boost your immune system, Get the right sleep. We all need the right amount of sleep in order to keep ourselves healthy and allow us to function properly. Wash your hands. Never underestimate the importance of washing your hands regularly and properly, especially around public places where pathogens can be prevalent. Avoid others who have a cold. If you know that someone around you has a summer cold themselves, avoid close interaction with them. If you do get too close, avoid infection spreading by washing your hands, for example. If you have the unfortunate experience of getting a summer cold, here are a few of the best remedies… Rest and take it easy. Getting plenty of rest and sleep is one of the best remedies to overcome a cold. Even though summer is full of fun activities, it is important to remember that the quickest way to get over your summer cold is to rest as much as possible and let your body recover. Stay hydrated and nourished. Drink plenty of fluids, in particular, water. Avoid beverages that easily dehydrate you such as alcohol, coffee and energy drinks. Warm drinks can be soothing and make sure you have a strong intake of vitamins, especially vitamin C, iron and zinc. Herbal remedies can be helpful! Although herbal remedies do not directly fight the cold, they can be extremely soothing and help your immune system. Steaming can be useful to clear your sinuses and relieve symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat and congestion. Pharmacy Direct has a whole range of cold and flu medicines that can help put you on the road to recovery and rid you of your summer cold! We also have a variety of vitamins that can boost your immune system and help prevent colds from occurring or returning. Take a look through our website to find out more.