Your Summer Cold May Actually Be an Allergic Reaction06/15/13
SATURDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- Sneezing, watery eyes,
scratchy throat? What you think is a summer cold may actually be
allergies, an expert says.
"Contrary to popular belief, seasonal allergies don't only strike in the spring and fall months," Dr. Richard Weber, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a college news release. "Allergies are also common in the summer and can even last year-round for some sufferers."
Grass pollens and mold spores are the most common allergy
triggers during the summer, and mold can be more of a problem than
pollen. Mold spores are everywhere and commonly outnumber pollen
grains in the air even during peak pollen season, research has
Summer allergies (or hay fever) can develop even in adults who
have never had allergies. In such cases, it's easy to mistake
allergies for a summer cold.
The ACAAI offers some tips on how to determine if you have a
summer cold or allergies:
- If symptoms last for two weeks or more, you likely have
- If your symptoms become progressively worse, you likely have a
- Itchy eyes, throat and nose -- along with sneezing -- usually
- If you have asthma, you may be more likely to have an allergy
than a cold. About 75 percent to 80 percent of people with asthma
also have an allergy.
Although summer colds and allergies may not seem serious, both
can progress and lead to other health problems, such as a sinus
infection. If you have persistent symptoms, see an allergist for
testing, diagnosis and treatment, the ACAAI advised.
There is no cure for seasonal allergies but avoiding triggers
and getting treatment, such as medication or allergy shots, can
provide relief and prevent progression.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about
colds and seasonal allergies.
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