How to Tell If You Have a Summer Cold or Allergies

Learn how to tell if it's a cold or allergies and treat your symptoms naturally.

How to Tell If You Have a Summer Cold or Allergies

While it may seem like allergies are only a nuisance in the spring season, it turns out that the summer months can also bring on the stuffiness, watery eyes, and sneezing. If you are are feeling off this season, you may be suffering from allergies. While the symptoms of an allergy often mimic a cold and can lead to confusion, there are a few key ways to differentiate between the two. Find out how with the help of allergist Dr. Tania Elliott and learn about all-natural solutions that can help you feel like yourself again.

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Essential Oils

Essential oils are a medication-free way to fight stuffiness by breaking up mucus, clearing out sinuses, and unblocking nasal passages. Peppermint oil has menthol which is a natural anti-inflammatory substance, and eucalyptus oil is a natural expectorant so it can help you cough up your mucus and relieve nasal congestion. Try diffusing these oils or adding them to a bowl of boiling hot water and breathe in the steam for relief.

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