Colds vs. Allergies

by | Dec 3, 2019 | Start Your Conversation

It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between the common cold and allergies. However, making that distinction is key to identifying the proper treatment for timely relief.

As we head into the cold, winter months, keep this chart handy to help you determine if you are dealing with the common cold or airborne allergies.

Common ColdAirborne Allergies
Symptoms LastUp to 2 weeksAs long as the allergens are present
Symptoms IncludeStuffy, runny nose; sore throat; coughStuffy, runny nose; itchy, watery eyes
Treated WithRest, fluids, over-the-counter medicines to ease symptomsAntihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids

Source: National Institutes of Health