Spring is also a peak time for the common cold. Rhinoviruses, which can cause roughly 50% of all common colds are spread easily in the Spring and Fall. The common cold is the main reason children miss school and adults miss work. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children may have even more.
Typical symptoms are: runny nose, sneezing, congestion, sore throat, cough, red eyes, head or body aches, lethargy, and fever.
Prevention techniques: wash hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, stay healthy when on the road.
How to differentiate between Spring Allergies and Common Cold?
- Causation: cold is caused by virus, allergies are mostly caused by pollen is the air.
- Duration: cold lasts about a week, whereas allergies tend to last longer
- Transmission: common cold is contagious, allergies are not
- Presentation: Itchy eyes and nose with allergies, fever is not common in allergies
- Disease management are different between common cold and allergies.
As always, when you are not feeling well and think you need to see a doctor, myDoc Urgent Care is here for you 7 days a week if you need help. Please stay safe and healthy.