A bird in the hand makes blowing your nose difficult.
Thursday afternoon, my throat started to bother me. Then Thursday night into Friday morning, sneezing, coughing, ugliness. Friday, half-a-box of tissues later, I made it through work.
I don’t know if I’m happy about being sick with a summer cold through a long holiday weekend. Our office is closed on Monday, so we have four days off. And I have things to do, places to go, people to hug and share my germs with.
The term “common cold” involves sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, sore throat, cough, low-grade fever, headache, and malaise. Usually, these symptoms peak on day three or four and begin their resolution by day seven.
Summer colds occur more frequently than you might realize. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases estimates that 30 to 50 percent of colds are caused by rhinoviruses, which are most active in the spring, summer, and early fall. In most cases, a summer cold won’t feel much different from a winter one.
The time of year may make a summer cold a more challenging experience for you than a winter sickness. Common summer situations can worsen summer cold symptoms. Air conditioners tend to extract moisture from the air and may cause some drying of the protective mucus lining in the nose and predispose us to infection. I’ll just sit under the ceiling fan for prolonged periods of time.
A cold’s symptoms often appear one at a time, and last seven to 10 days, and I get to enjoy a “yellowish nasal discharge and lots of sneezing.” Thought it’s not in our nature to sit still and rest during the beautiful summer months, that’s really the best cold treatment prescription for dealing with a summer cold. Get plenty of fluids to stay hydrated — stick to water and avoid beverages that can dry you out, like sodas, coffee, and alcohol, especially during the dog days of summer.
Other cold treatment tips that can make colds more manageable include trying zinc lozenges, which may reduce the duration of a cold if taken at the first sign of symptoms, and sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom. And appropriate over-the-counter medication as needed to cope with specific cold symptoms will also be helpful.
So, the solution for me? Rest, more tissues, water, throat lozenges, and lots of Netflix.