Good Question: How common are colds in the summer?

We usually associate getting a cold or the flu with winter weather, but turns out you can catch the sniffles in the summer too!

Good Question: How common are colds in the summer?

Ellen Keohane's summer is off to a lousy start with a miserable cold.

"I started with a scratchy throat and then my nose started running," said Keohane.

Turns out the cold and flu viruses that make us sick in the winter often combine with other warm weather viruses in the summer including a nasty bug called the enterovirus.

Doctors say that combination can cause problems and a cough that just won't go away.

The virus in the summer can last longer and is more likely to come back.

"It really taxes the immune system they're run down and I think that's what makes it linger longer," said Dr. Lisa Liberatore.

Doctors say strenuous exercise after a long winter can also run us down making our bodies more susceptible to summer viruses.

Air conditioning and re-circulated air on airplanes can also spread the virus.

Sometimes, doctors say those colds are just allergies.

"Most of the time people don't even realize they have allergies so they think it's a cold," said Dr. Liberatore.

So how can you ward off a summer sickness?

Wash your hands often, get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated.

Just like winter colds there's not much you can do for a summer cold.

Doctors say cold medicines and saline drops may give you some relief.

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