Think that runny nose is allergies? It might actually be a summer cold

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By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Chaney Scott

Think it’s allergies? It might be a summer cold.

Colds cause all the usual symptoms like a runny nose, sore throat and congestion. It can also have less common symptoms like fever, stomach issues and even pink eye.

Viruses can spread on surfaces so doctors recommend changing hand towels and disinfecting door knobs.

Dr. Chris McGee of MedCenter North said you can tell the difference between allergies and a cold by how long symptoms last, facial pain and color of drainage.

“It’s not unusual to have a few colds in the summer but it seems to be a little more in the last couple weeks that we’ve seen. I’ve seen a little bit of an increase in COVID,” said McGee.

According to the National Institutes of Health there are two common viruses are behind most colds.

Winter colds are generally caused by rhinoviruses, but summer colds are usually caused by enteroviruses. Both are contagious.

“If you’re having symptoms with pain, fevers or anything unusual, check with your doctor,” said McGee.

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