Allergy Season or A Common Cold:
Are you experiencing watery eyes, sneezing, or a runny nose?
With the coming of spring, it’s that time of year again. And while the symptoms of cold and allergy are well known, making the distinction between the two can be difficult. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease offers this comparison:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that cold viruses are spread through excretions when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or speaks. The droplets can range up to 6 feet. Secretions land on the mouth or nose or are taken into the lungs. Surfaces and objects can become contaminated as well. A cold sufferer is contagious during the first three days of symptoms, and sometimes before symptoms are obvious.
Hand washing is a simple—and very effective—method for preventing the spread of contagious viruses. “Prevention is key,” says Internist Melanie Manary, MD, FACP, of Internal Medicine of Northern Michigan in Petoskey. “I rarely get sick because I am constantly washing my hands between patient appointments at the office, after grocery shopping or running errands, and after using phones.”
Dr. Manary is part of the nine-provider team at Internal Medicine of Northern Michigan, serving adults patients for preventative and primary care, plus chronic disease management. For more information about Internal Medicine of Northern Michigan, call 231.487.9702 or visit doctors4adults.com.