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How to Beat a Summer Cold

Most people associate colds with the winter, but a different kind of cold can have you feeling under the weather during the summer – the dreaded summer cold. Our Chief Medical Officer Jon L. Belsher, M.D. recently offered tips to Chicago’s Arlington Cardinal about cooling down a summer cold.

Here’s a quick summary of what to do if you come down with a cold in the summer:

  1. Give it some time. Most summertime colds will clear up within a week, but if one lingers for longer than that, it’s probably time to find an urgent care doctor in your neighborhood.
  2. Rule out allergies. It may be tough to tell if a virus is causing your cold or if pollen and dust are activating your allergies, but if you develop a fever or discolored mucus, chances are it’s a cold.
  3. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is always a smart idea, especially in the summer — and especially if you have a cold. Aim for eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
  4. Modify traditional wintertime cold remedies. If warm soup, steamy showers and hot tea don’t appeal to you during the summer, try iced tea with honey or an over-the-counter saline sinus rinse.
  5. Get some rest. If a cold has you feeling run down, don’t fight it. A nap can go a long way.

And as always, the most effective ways to prevent a cold, whether in the summer or winter, are to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and to practice good hygiene.

If you’re interested in the full scoop on how to cool down a summer cold, learn more from Dr. Belsher in the Arlington Cardinal, a publication that features news and stories from the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Chicago.

MedSpring Immediate Care offers treatment for colds and other common illnesses in Arlington Heights, as well as two other Chicago locations (and a River North clinic coming fall 2014!).

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