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Cold or Allergies?

Cold or Allergies?

With spring on the horizon, allergy season is coming. The blooming of flowers and budding of trees causes allergens to flourish! When allergy season is in full swing, it can be difficult to differentiate a cold and allergies. 


While a cold is caused by a virus, allergies are caused by an immune system’s reaction to an allergen like pollen, grasses, or animal dander. Since allergic reactions are the result of exposure to allergens, symptoms will last as long as one is exposed. Allergies are most common in the spring and summer due to pollen or winter due to mold. However, they can happen at any time of the year, just like the common cold. Cold season is defined as the time period with the highest incidence, namely late August through early April. Colds will typically last less than 2 weeks.


The antecedent is different for both illnesses, but it results in similar symptoms. Sneezing, runny nose, and stuffy nose are the three most common overlapping symptoms. Itchy or watery eyes are more typical of  allergies, although can be present with colds. Fevers, coughs, headaches, and body aches are often signs of a cold. Over days cold symptoms commonly evolve and change while allergic reactions remain consistent. Of note, if your nasal mucus is yellow, green or thick, that is also more indicative of an infection like a cold. 


If you are unsure about what is causing your allergies, talk to your doctor about seeing an allergist to obtain a skin test and create a treatment plan. Allergies can be treated with antihistamines, decongestants, as well as nasal steroids. Cold relief medications aid your body’s reaction to the cold virus and symptoms. Cold FAidhas all of the essentials to conquer the common cold quickly. 


We, at Cold FAid, hope you remain happy and healthy this spring! 

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