Managing Allergies

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.


Symptoms Cold Airborne Allergy
Cough Common Sometimes
Fatigue, Weakness Sometimes Sometimes
Itchy Eyes Rare or never Common
Sneezing Common Common
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Runny or Stuffy Nose Common Common
Fever Sometimes Never
Duration 3 to 14 days Weeks (for example,
6 weeks for ragweed season)
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Antihistamines
  • Nasal steroids
  • Decongestants
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold
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:

Managing Seasonal Allergies and Preventative Measures




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