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When the temperature is well above 80, the last thing anyone wants is a summer cold. Summer colds can feel different than colds you get during fall and winter months. The rhino-, corona- and para-influenza viruses that cause upper respiratory infections in winter are often joined in the warmer months by enterovirus. Enterovirus is spread by coughing and sneezing, and by the fecal-to-oral route. The virus can cause diarrhea, sore throats, rashes and other symptoms beyond the common cold's typical headache, cough, congestion and low fever.
To avoid getting a summer cold and ruining your fun outside, here are some important steps for prevention.
If you find yourself feeling sick and experiencing cold symptoms, here are some recommended treatment options:
Dr. Charles Larsen, DO, is a board-certified family practice physician with SSM Health Medical Group and on staff at SSM Health DePaul Hospital in St. Louis. For a referral to any SSM Health Medical Group physician, call 1-866-SSM-DOCS (1-866-776-3627) or visit www.ssmhealth.com.
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