A 39-year-old member asked:
how can you differentiate between hay fever and cold?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
Duration: A"cold" will generally last ten to fourteen days. It can occur at any time of the year. It can have similar symptoms as "hay fever", runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, watery eyes. Depending on the type of virus there may be fever with a "cold". There is no fever with "hay fever". "hay fever" generally implies seasonal allergies, so spring, summer or fall.
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Itchy eyes or fever: Hay fever is caused by exposure to allergens. Colds are caused by germs. Both can give you a runny and or stuffy nose with sneezing, but allergies often cause itchy eyes as well. If there is a fever than an infection is typically the cause but not all infections cause fever. Heyfever often lasts for weeks, colds should resolve in several days.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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