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A 49-year-old member asked:

How would i know if this is allergies or cold?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Duration of symptoms: The common cold will last 5-7 days. Allergies will last days, weeks, months, or years and timing is by seasons or exposures. With allergies there is more itching, sneezing and the runny nose is clear. With allergies, frequently there is eye itching, watery or redness. Allergies respond to antihistamines such as zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) allegra, etc and colds don't.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have a allergy?

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 15 years experience
An office visit : An office visit to an allergist would help. Diagnosing allergy is based on symptoms and confirmed by allergy test.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How would you know th difference between allergies and a cold?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 58 years experience
Cold or allergy?: It is not always easy but allergies persist longer that 7 to 10 days. Allergies are hereditary and often specific things trigger an allergy or a specific season.

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