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What are the differences between allergies and a cold? How can I tell which one I have?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: A few differences

It can be tricky, but there are differences.
Allergies tend to occur in the spring and fall; colds more often in summer and winter. Itchy eyes goes more for allergies; starting out with a sore throat is more typical of a cold. And allergies are more likely to respond to antihistamines than colds.

In brief: A few differences

It can be tricky, but there are differences.
Allergies tend to occur in the spring and fall; colds more often in summer and winter. Itchy eyes goes more for allergies; starting out with a sore throat is more typical of a cold. And allergies are more likely to respond to antihistamines than colds.
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