Is it a cold or an allergy?

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Is it a cold or an allergy?


You have a runny nose, a cough and you can’t stop sneezing. Winter is here so it must be a cold, right? Wrong, it could be an allergy.
At a glance, the symptoms of a cold and allergy appear similar. You’ll have a runny nose, nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, post-nasal drip, conjunctivitis and a sore throat. But there are distinct differences, particularly when it comes to cause and treatment plan. So how do you know if you’ve caught a cold or if it’s just your allergies acting up?

Duration of symptoms
Cold symptoms typically last between seven and 10 days, while allergy symptoms can last much longer – several weeks in fact if the allergen remains in the air. Allergy symptoms, however, usually come and go during a particular season or environment. If your nose suddenly starts to run while you’re out hiking, you’re probably displaying symptoms of an allergy to the grass you’re walking through.

Read more Health24, 7 August 2017

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