Fall may be in the air, but something summery is too. The months between June and October are notorious for colds. Jacqueline Lawson was surprised to learn.
“I can’t even remember the last time I got a summer cold. I usually get one a year and it’s in winter,” says Jacqueline Lawson.
Twenty-five percent less common than their winter weather counterparts, summer colds pack quite a punch. They tend to include flu-like symptoms, making life lousy for a long while.
“It was the sniffling, the sneezing, a little bit achy, really stuffy,” says Lawson.
“Most complaints we get are usually associated with some sort of viral or bacteria illness to begin with and the symptoms resolve. The other symptoms resolve but the cough persists,” says Dr. Mala Singh, general practitioner with Lee Memorial Health System.
Not all colds are created equally. The rhinovirus is what fuels many winter colds, but it’s enterovirus that seems to like the warm weather. They spread the same way, through contact with germs. But the summer sickness lingers like an unwelcome party crasher.
“The patients come back they come back and say ‘Dr. Singh I have this cough I’ve had it for seven days it’s not going away’. Realistically I tell them after four weeks if it’s still persisting then we go ahead and do further evaluations,” says Dr. Singh.
To prevent infection, keep up the hand washing especially after touching shared telephones, doorknobs, and keyboards. Doctors don’t advise lobbying for antibiotics- they won’t help.
“I tell them time will heal, let it resolve,” says Dr. Singh.
One bout with a summer slugger was plenty for Lawson.
“Not for me – no. Fingers crossed knock on wood,” says Lawson.