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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the difference in symptoms bteween a cold and allergies?

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Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 37 years experience
Keeps coming back: They are similar! Itchy nose, sneezing, nasal congeston, running nose, coughing, sinus pain/fullness, post nasal drip. No fever with allergies, though. And most with allergies don't 'feel sick'; but they do feel tired, fatigued, wiped out. Why? Because allergies, like colds, tigger immune responses that sap energy.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
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.

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A 23-year-old female asked:

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

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
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.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between a cold and allergies?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Big differences: Colds are due to viruses and are contagious but limited to less than a week. Allergies typically have itching (nose, eye) and sneezing as common symptoms. Symptoms can continue through a pollen season or for months or years (if indoor allergies). Allergies response well to treatment with medications and allergy injections. An allergist can assist in identifying if there is an allergy.

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