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

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: 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....

In brief: 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....
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Dennis Diaz
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