Regardless of when a person catches a cold, the cause is a virus. As the weather turns warm, the viruses that cause most colds tend to shift.

, triggering upper respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose and sore throat, as well as stomach problems.

Enteroviruses are more common in the summer months than rhinoviruses, which are more common in colder months.

Antibiotics cannot usually treat colds, but home remedies can help a person feel better faster. Read on to learn more about getting a cold in the summer and how to alleviate the symptoms.

Woman with a summer cold
Symptoms of a summer cold may include a runny nose, sneezing, low energy, and coughing.

Most summer colds cause symptoms similar to those of winter colds, including:

Many winter colds do not cause fevers, especially in adults, but summer viruses due to enteroviruses .

Although some people insist that summer colds are always worse or longer lived than winter colds, there is little clinical evidence to support this claim. Most summer colds, like winter colds, go away within a few days and do not require medical treatment.

Some enteroviruses cause other illnesses with different symptoms. These include:

  • herpangina, which causes small blisters on the mouth and throat, as well as a sudden fever
  • hand, foot, and mouth disease, which causes symptoms similar to herpangina, except that the blisters are also on the hands and feet and a person may also have flu-like symptoms
  • conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, which causes swelling and redness in one or both eyes

Rarely, enteroviruses can cause serious and potentially life threatening illnesses, such as meningitis and myocarditis.