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How can you tell the difference between allergies and a cold when your nose is running all the time.

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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Good question

Some time it is hard to tell.
In general, when you have a cold, someone else in the family or office often has one. A cold is often associated with a low-grade fever but allergy is not. You may also notice fatigue as well as joint or muscle ache with a cold but not with allergy. Hay fever may respond to antihistamine but a cold does not. If your nose runs all the time it is not from a cold.

In brief: Good question

Some time it is hard to tell.
In general, when you have a cold, someone else in the family or office often has one. A cold is often associated with a low-grade fever but allergy is not. You may also notice fatigue as well as joint or muscle ache with a cold but not with allergy. Hay fever may respond to antihistamine but a cold does not. If your nose runs all the time it is not from a cold.
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