A 23-year-old female asked:
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how can you tell the difference between a cold and allergies?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Sometimes difficult: but except in very severe cases of allergy, people don't lose appetite with allergy which is also not associated with a fever. Allergy may also be seasonal. Cold is more common when school starts and in the winter, allergy in the warmer months. Cold is not relieved by antihistamine which does reduce allergic symptoms. Hope these points are helpful.
Answered on Sep 19, 2014

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