Why do you get colds in summer?

Ever end up sneezing, blowing your not and feeling cold during the summer months? Some put it down to hay fevers, others think that they’re picked something up on a plane but rarely do people assume they have the same thing they had in the cold months of winter. But it turns out colds aren’t caused by the cold.

Is a summer cold the same as a normal cold?

There are a number of different strains of the cold, however it’s not specifically caused by the warm weather. It may come as a surprise but the common cold isn’t actually caused by the spread of cold viruses.

Are any particular strains of cold more dominant in other seasons

There’s evidence that suggests that the Enterovirus (a type of cold virus) can be more prevalent during the summer months, however you may experience similar symptoms to other strains of the cold regardless of what time of year it is.

It’s not uncommon to mistake a common cold for seasonal allergies as the symptoms can be similar (such as a runny nose, sore throat etc.). A quick way to check is by looking at what is in the tissue after you blow your nose. If its not clear in colour and is a thicker consistency then its more likely to be a cold.

What are the common symptoms?

Common symptoms of a cold include a stuffy and snotty nose, sore throat, cough, feeling feverish and sneezing. You may also experience muscle or body aches you may have caught the flu.

What are the treatments for a summer cold?

As you would treat a cold in the winter, drink plenty of water, gargle with salt water to help a saw through, try nasal decongestants, these should be used for more than five days as they can have the reverse effect if overused. Take a paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve any pain you may have.


Should you require any guidance or advice, simply contact Broadgate GP today.

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