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Allergies or Cold: know the difference | Health News

This article on healthy eating is written by CS Healthcare, a specialist provider of health insurance. 


Do you know the difference between allergies and a cold?

Are you sneezing, feeling congested and have a runny nose? These are symptoms of both allergies and a cold, but do you know the difference?

With the spring weather around the corner, now is the time seasonal allergies start making our lives a little difficult. Use our guide to help figure out if you are suffering from seasonal allergies rather than a cold.

1. What is the cause?

The common cold is caused by viruses, while seasonal allergies are response from your immune system to allergens, such as springtime pollen.

2. Same time every year?

If you get a ‘cold’ suddenly around the same time each year, it may actually be seasonal allergies.

3. Know the symptoms

Stuffy and/or a runny nose, sneezing and general fatigue could be signs of either allergies or a cold.

Colds usually come with a cough or sore throat, sometimes accompanied by aches and pains; allergies never come with aches and pains, and rarely produce a sore throat or itchy eyes.

4. Duration of symptoms

Cold symptoms typically last anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks, while allergies can last for weeks or as long as someone is exposed to pollen.

5. Wiping noses

Notice your children often wiping their noses in an upward motion with their hands to relieve itchiness?

If your child is doing this frequently it could mean that they have allergies or that their allergies are getting worse.

To help reduce your children’s chances of seasonal allergies as well as asthma, take trips to the countryside or visit parks more often.


This is meant for general advice only; if you are concerned about the severity of your symptoms consult your pharmacist or GP.

Sources: NHS, Mayo Clinic

(For compliance: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/expert-answers/common-cold/faq-20057857
www.nhs.uk/conditions/Allergies/Pages/Introduction.aspx)

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