Are Recent Crazy Weather Patterns Increasing The Risk Of Summer Colds?

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Have you noticed the shifting weather patterns we’ve been having lately? One day it’s pleasant summer weather and then in the blink of an eye it’s shifted to cold rain that seems much more suited to late fall. You’d almost think that summer had come and gone, but then it’s back. This crazy weather is increasing the risk of summer colds in many states, including New York, this year.

Weather Patterns Increasing Summer 2015 Colds?

Every summer seems to bring with it a certain number of people who get affected by the summer cold virus, but so far 2015 seems be a particularly challenging one. The variations in temperature only seem to be making this type of health issue worse.

Weather Patterns Increasing The Risk Of Summer Colds-CompoundingRXUSA

While the weather itself is not to blame for people getting sick, getting caught outside wearing the wrong clothing for the temperature will make your immune system more susceptible to catching a virus. Unfortunately, with the rapid temperature changes we’ve been seeing recently, it has often been difficult to dress appropriately for a full day’s worth of weather when leaving the house in the morning.

If you put on light clothing in the morning thinking the temperature will warm up though the day, you run the risk of being caught in a storm where the rain is quite cold. You could end up thoroughly soaked and chilled by the time you get home, which creates an opening for you to get sick if you happen to be exposed to a cold virus at around the same time.

How To Treat A Summer Cold

What should you do if you are unfortunate enough to come down with a summer cold this year? The best way to cope with a summer cold is exactly the same strategy that you would use to treat a winter one.

  • Rest in bed and drink plenty of fluids. You won’t be able to fight off the virus unless you allow your body to get some extra sleep.
  • Wash your hands often. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer with you for times when you don’t have access to soap and water.
  • Treat your symptoms with over-the-counter remedies, such as decongestants, pain relievers and throat lozenges.

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Chief Operating Officer, The Compounding Pharmacy of America Matthew Poteet, Pharm.D. graduated with Honors from Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science. After his undergraduate training, he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2004. Dr. Poteet has spent much of his pharmacy career on staff at two of the most prestigious academic teaching hospitals in the Southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At these institutions he received extensive experience and training in sterile products compounding. He returned home to East Tennessee in 2010, where he has held the position of Pharmacy Director at two sterile products pharmacies in Knoxville. Matthew lives in Knoxville with his wife, Chris. Dr. Poteet is Tennessee’s first Board Certified Anti-Aging Pharmacist by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Read More About Matthew Poteet, PharmD