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It just a cold or is it hay fever? How can I tell?

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Dr. David Menchell
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Cold vs. Hay fever

Colds often occur during the late fall/winter, lasting several days; seasonal allergies occur during the spring and late summer/early fall pollen seasons lasting weeks.
Colds may have fever, sore throat, discolored drainage, body aches, cough; allergies symptoms may include itching eyes, nose and throat, sneezing and clear drainage. Allergy symptoms may be worse outdoors with pollen exposure.

In brief: Cold vs. Hay fever

Colds often occur during the late fall/winter, lasting several days; seasonal allergies occur during the spring and late summer/early fall pollen seasons lasting weeks.
Colds may have fever, sore throat, discolored drainage, body aches, cough; allergies symptoms may include itching eyes, nose and throat, sneezing and clear drainage. Allergy symptoms may be worse outdoors with pollen exposure.
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