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 seasonal) allergy?

Check Your Symptoms
Symptoms of allergies and colds can be similar, but here's how to tell the difference:

Colds Allergies
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 (allergen).
Mucus: Often a yellowish nasal discharge, due to an infection. Generally a clear, thin, watery discharge.
Sneezing: 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.
Fever: May be accompanied by a fever. Not usually associated with a fever.

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