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 Cold||Airborne Allergies|
|Symptoms Last||Up to 2 weeks||As long as the allergens are present|
|Symptoms Include||Stuffy, runny nose; sore throat; cough||Stuffy, runny nose; itchy, watery eyes|
|Treated With||Rest, fluids, over-the-counter medicines to ease symptoms||Antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids|
Source: National Institutes of Health