A Cold, or Seasonal Allergies?
The leaves are gold, red and orange, the weather has turned cooler- and, as
if on cue, your nose starts to run, your eyes are puffy and watery, and you
suddenly sneeze several times a day. Is is a cold- or do you have a fall (or
| Check Your Symptoms
Symptoms of allergies and colds can be similar, but here's how to tell the
|Occurrence of symptoms:
||Symptoms often appear one at a time: first sneezing, then a runny
nose, then congestion.
||Symptoms occur all at once.
|Duration of symptoms:
||Generally last from seven to 10 days.
||Continue as long as a person is exposed to the allergy-causing agent
||Often a yellowish nasal discharge, due to an infection.
||Generally a clear, thin, watery discharge.
||Less common than with allergies.
||More common than with colds, especially when sneezing occurs two or
three times in a row.
|Time of year:
||More common during winter.
||More common in spring through fall, when plants are pollinating.
||May be accompanied by a fever.
||Not usually associated with a fever.
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