Is It a Cold or Seasonal Allergies?
If you tend to get a cold at the same time in the spring or fall every year, it’s possible you actually have a seasonal allergy. Viruses cause colds. Allergies are triggered by exposure to an allergen.
Use this chart to help tell the difference.
|Itchy Eyes||Rare or never||Common|
|Runny or Stuffy Nose||Common||Common|
|Duration||3 to 14 days||Weeks (for example,
6 weeks for ragweed season)
||Avoid those things you are allergic to such as pollen, house dust mites, mold, pet dander|
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
For more information on seasonal allergies below: