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THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN

COLD, FLU, AND ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

Ah, you can smell the changing seasons in the air. Can you smell it? Here’s a good reason why.

 

You might be one of the millions who dread the changing seasons because colds, allergies, and sinus problems can pop up like daisies and dandelions—leaving you sneezing and sniffling. But keeping your family healthy is easy if you start early with the appropriate medicines. Cough drops, nasal sprays, and sore throat sprays can provide immediate relief at the first sign of illness. However, if your symptoms persist, you might be dealing with more serious allergy or sinus problems.


So when the sniffling symptoms hit, how will you know if it's a cold, allergies, or a sinus problem?


First, ask yourself a few questions:
  • How long have you had your symptoms? A cold usually lasts about a week to 10 days.
  • Do you have a fever? While allergies might produce symptoms such as a low-grade fever, they are never accompanied by a high fever (more than 102º F or 38.9º C).
  • Do you have a headache? Are you sniffling or congested, or do you feel pressure around the eyes? This could be a sign of sinus problems.
Then, check this list of common symptoms and how frequently they occur with colds, allergies, and sinus problems, according to experts at the Stanford University Medical Center. Be sure to speak with your doctor about your own symptoms to see if you have allergies or sinus problems.

Common Cold, Flu, and Allergy Symptoms

1.Runny nose/sniffling?
It’s often due to allergies or a cold, and sometimes due to a sinus problem.

2.Sneezing?
It’s often due to allergies, sometimes due to a cold, and rarely due to a sinus problem.

3.Itchy eyes?
It’s often due to allergies, rarely due to a cold, and sometimes due to a sinus problem.

4.Fever?
Sometimes a low-grade fever is due to allergies, often due to a cold, and rarely due to a sinus problem.

5.Aches and pains?
They’re sometimes due to allergies, sometimes due to a cold, and rarely due to a sinus problem.

6.Headache?
It’s sometimes due to allergies and often due to a cold or sinus problem.

7.Cough?
It’s sometimes due to allergies, often due to a cold, and rarely due to a sinus problem.

8.Dizziness?
It’s sometimes due to allergies, often due to a cold, and rarely due to a sinus problem.

9.Hoarse?
It’s sometimes due to allergies or a sinus problem, and often due to a cold.

10.Sore throat?
It’s often due to allergies, a cold, or a sinus problem.

11.Sinus pressure?
It’s sometimes due to allergies or a cold, and often due to a sinus problem.

12.Symptoms that reoccur at certain times of the year?
They’re often due to allergies, rarely due to a cold, and sometimes due to a sinus problem.

13.Need antibiotics?
It’s never due to allergies or a cold, but sometimes due to a sinus problem.
In relation to warning time, if your symptoms occur after exposure to an allergen, you’re suffering from allergies. If your symptoms get worse over several days, it indicates a cold. If your symptoms get worse and are accompanied by an infection, you probably have a sinus infection.

14. How long do your symptoms last?
If you’re suffering for only as long as you’re exposed to an allergen, it indicates allergies. If your condition lasts a week to 10 days, it’s probably a cold. If it lasts three to four days, it’s probably a sinus problem.