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How can you tell if you have allergies or a cold?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Itchy eyes: It can be difficult to tell the difference between a cold and allergies since they share many of the same symptoms (nasal obstruction, nasal drainage, post nasal drainage) but colds usually do not have itchy nose, eyes, and throat and allergies aren't accompanied by fevers.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Allergies vs Infxn: A cold lasts only 3-7 days and has some fevers, chills, muscle aches, thicker mucus. You do not get a yearly cold...You have yearly allergies based on the seasons. Allergies are longer lasting, thinner mucus, sneezing, etc....

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Is it allergies or is it a cold? How do you tell?

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Dr. John Hanna
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Duration: A viral ifection last 7-10 days. Allergic nasal suffiness last as long as you continue to be exposed. Seasonal infections most often are seasonal allergies that have yet to be clearly identified.
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Dr. Linda Green
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Allergy or cold: Colds may last one to two weeks, with runny nose, nasal congestion, cough and sometimes fever. Allergies may be similar but often last longer and there is often sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, clear watery mucous. If in doubt see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Allergies tend to be chronic or recurrent and are often worse at the same time of year.

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