Despite the warm weather outside, it’s possible for a virus to infect your respiratory tract. Colds come and go through every season, unfortunately. In the summertime, it can be difficult to distinguish whether you’re experiencing allergies or a summer cold. Allergies, however, usually present themselves with sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a watery runny nose. Allergies usually strike around the same time every year and last throughout allergy season. Summer colds usually last up to 10 days, with or without treatment, and don’t cause itchy eyes as allergies do.

If you’ve found yourself battling a summer cold this year, here are some more tips to help you fight it successfully.

  1. Stay away from antibiotics.
  2. Get plenty of rest and sleep; stay away from exercising and performing strenuous activities.
  3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  4. Refrain from smoking as well as being around smokers.
  5. Call your doctor if relief isn’t received in two days, especially if you are wheezing.