Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Cold or Summer Allergies?

Summer Cold or Summer Allergies?
Lately many people have been coming into my office complaining of a summer cold.
They have a stuffy nose, are sneezing sore throat, and have sinus pressure.
Is it a cold or could it be summer alleriges? 
What causes summer allergies?
  • Pollinating summer plants often bloom during or after thunderstorms.
  • Grass Pollen counts typically spike in mid June through early August
  •  Goosefoot plants and Nettle, and Plantain are active July through August

    Grass Plant Flower
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Goosefoot Plant    
Platain Plant
How can you tell if you have a cold or summer allergies?
  • It can be difficult and you may need to see a doctor to differentiate
  • Allergies often cause itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion
  • Symptoms can be intermittent and associated with pollen counts
  • Summer colds last only a few days (5-7); They are often accompanied by feelings of fatigue, low grade fever and often others around you will be sick.
Need more information? Or want to speak with me directly?  Call the office at 212-679-3574 for an appointment or visit the www.gramercyallergy.com for more information about the office.

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