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Is it Allergies or a Cold?

Because they have similar symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference between a cold and allergies. Here are a few ways to help figure out what’s causing your sneezing, sniffles and congestion.

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What Are Allergies?

AllergyX Allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms are caused by your immune systemX immune system
The body’s defense system that protects us against infections and foreign substances.
mistaking harmless substances as threats and going into defense mode. These substances are called allergens. Common allergens include pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
, dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
, pet dander and moldX mold
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mold spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
spores. Allergies are not contagious.

What is a Cold?

You catch a cold when a cold virus makes its way into your respiratory tract and your immune systemX immune system
The body’s defense system that protects us against infections and foreign substances.
attacks it. The immune system can’t always tell the difference between allergies vs. a cold, which is why symptoms are similar. Colds are contagious.

Symptoms of a Cold vs. Allergies  

Here are 10 key similarities and differences to help tell if you have a cold or allergies.

Typical Characteristics of Allergies vs. a Cold

Common Questions About Allergies and Colds

Symptoms can vary widely. Ask these questions to help determine if you should reach for a Claritin® product or curl up with a bowl of chicken noodle soup and rest:

How quickly did your symptoms strike?

AllergyX Allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms tend to hit all at once when you come into contact with an allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
. Symptoms of a cold sometimes appear one at a time and develop over a few days.

How long have you had symptoms?

Colds typically run their course within seven to 10 days. Allergy symptoms can last weeks or months. If your cold symptoms last longer than 10 days, talk to your doctor.

Have you been around sick people?

If co-workers, friends, family or classmates have had colds recently, there is a good chance the virus has been transmitted to you. Cold viruses are easily transmitted through coughing, sneezing and touching.

Where do your symptoms appear?

Do you only get stuffy when you go outside? Chances are you have a pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
. Maybe you feel run down indoors, in which case you could have a dust mite or pet allergy. Cold symptoms don’t change with your environment.

What time of year is it?

Colds are more common during the winter months but can also occur at any time of the year. Indoor allergiesX Indoor allergies
Characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) commonly found indoors, such as mold spores, pet dander, cockroaches or dust mites (also called perennial allergies). Indoor allergies tend to last longer than allergies caused by exposure to outdoor…
can happen year-round, and outdoor seasonal allergiesX seasonal allergies
A chronic disease characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens commonly found outside, such as tree, grass, or weed pollens,or mold spores. Also called hay fever, outdoor allergies.
are more common in the spring through fall when pollen counts are high.

REFERENCES

  1. Treatment of the Common Cold in Children and Adults. American Family Physician. Accessed April 10, 2020.
  2. Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed April 10, 2020.
  3. Allergies: Questions & Answers. Cleveland Clinic. Accessed April 10, 2020.
  4. Cold or Allergy: Which is it? Mayo Clinic. Accessed April 10, 2020.

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