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what is the difference between the symptoms of allergies and common cold?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Allergy vs cold: The primary differences between a cold and allergies are fever and a defined length of time within which your cold symptoms will resolve. There can of course be seasonality to allergy symptoms, as well as specific triggers.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can you tell the difference between allergies and common cold?

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Dr. Madhukar Punja
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
By symptoms: Common colds last a week or two but allergy symptoms are more chronic and persistent. Colds can be accompanied by other symptoms from the virus like sore throat, body aches and some times a low grade fever. With allergies the most important symptom is itching (of nose, throat, eyes). Sneezing, runny nose, sinus pressure, head congestion and headaches are seen in both conditions.
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How do you know the difference between mountain cedar allergies and a common cold?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt
Allergy and Immunology 32 years experience
Look for fever: Fever, chills, and colored drainage are more typical of common cold symptoms. They generally last for 3-5 days. Mountain cedar allergy is commmon in the spring of the year. Depending on pollen counts, people can have lots of clear drainage, runny nose, and sneezing. Fever and chills are not seen, and symptoms can last for weeks.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can you treat allergies with cold-like symptoms?

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Dr. Linda Green
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Allergy meds: Allergies and cold often have similar symptoms. Antihistamines are good for runny nose and sneezing but less successful for congestion. While congestion from a cold may be helped by decongestants, it is often better to use prescription nasal sprays to relieve congestion from allergies.
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A 42-year-old female asked:

Hi doctors, how do i know if i have a common cold or it's ny nazal allergy again? Thank you for your help.

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Dr. Marino Tavarez
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Common colds: and Allergic rhinitis are sometimes difficult to differentiate by both patients and clinicians. Your previous history of allergies, length and/or severity of symptoms, and or "seasonal" cyclical presentations may be a hint. The "cold that never or seems to never go away" should be explored further by you with your Doctor - for possible environmental triggers.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

I have a really bad cold on top of horrible allergies is there anything that I can take that will help both?

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Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 12 years experience
Several: Cold symptoms plus allergy symptoms will respond to several: try oral antihistamine, nasal steroid spray and salt water sinus rinse. Can try oral decongestant as well.

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