LIFE/STYLE: Fall allergies or the ‘Hokie Plague’?

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by Kyle Scott, Trey Edmunds, Cody Chapel–

Summer’s over, fall is here, and It’s allergy season all over again.  More germs are being passed along with common colds flaring up. More over-the-counter medicines are being bought, including the top seller Mucinex D. Young adults are missing classes along with work due to allergy season. Here at Virginia Tech it is especially dominant and serious because once one person gets sick, it spreads like a wild fire. Some call it a chain reaction, while to most hokies it’s just known as, The Hokie Plague.

A huge misconception people have is deciphering the difference between a common cold and allergies. One reason for this is because they both have people feeling down and out of it.  However, one major difference being that unlike colds, allergies aren’t contagious.  Colds usually get in the body and out, quickly running it’s cycle.  On the other hand, allergies could last and bother someone for months if  he/she is in constant contact with the allergy trigger.  Symptoms for both include: fatigue, cough, sore throat, and runny noses.  If diagnosed with a cold there will also be body aches.  If diagnosed with allergies there will be itchy, watery eyes.

There is no 100 percent way to prevent allergies or colds. However, one way to minimize the chances of getting sick is by simply washing hands thoroughly throughout the day and covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing.  This will not only minimize the active members that are influenced by the Hokie Plague, but also cut down on the absences of work and school.