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?
symptoms tend to hit all at once when you come into contact with an . 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 . 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. can happen year-round, and outdoor are more common in the spring through fall when pollen counts are high.