While most people associate colds with winter weather, summertime colds can last for weeks. Also, the timeframe for summer allergies begins in June, which marks the beginning of grass pollen season and ends in September, which is known for ragweed allergies.1

When you’d rather be outside than stuck indoors sneezing, sniffling and feeling achy, these strategies can help you get faster relief from a cold:

  • Get plenty of R&R. While resting during the summer might not sound fun, it’s the best cold cure-all.2
  • Get plenty of fluids. Drink lots of water and steer clear of soda, coffee and alcohol.3
  • If necessary, take appropriate over-the-counter medicines to cope with specific symptoms such as aches, coughs and a running nose.4
  • Wash your hands often and keep hand sanitizers close by. These are your greatest defenses against spreading germs to others.5
  • Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, including broccoli, cabbage, oranges and strawberries — they can help boost your immune system.6

If you do come down with a summer cold or allergies and want to speak with a doctor, contact Teladoc by phone, web or mobile app! Our doctors can diagnose and treat these 24/7.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

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1http://www.everydayhealth.com/allergy-pictures/your-month-by-month-guide-to-allergies.aspx#10
2http://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/how-to-sweat-out-a-summer-cold.aspx
3http://www.livestrong.com/article/152122-summer-cold-remedies/
4http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/07/22/surviving-a-summer-cold
5http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-treat-summer-colds.html
6https://weather.com/health/news/foods-help-stop-seasonal-allergies-20141002#/5

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