Colds vs allergies

It can be difficult to tell the difference between an allergy and a cold, even for a doctor. Why? Because many of the symptoms can be similar.

These symptoms can appear in both colds and allergies

(although not all symptoms may appear)

symptoms
Allergies
Cold

Symptoms occur all at once or within a few hours

Coughing

Sneezing

Runny nose

Headache

Symptoms for allergies can vary and can be more prevalent in the spring and fall for seasonal allergies sufferers.

 

These symptoms are more typical of a cold*

symptoms
Allergies
Cold

Mucus from coughing or sneezing is typically thick, yellow or green

Symptoms are accompanied by fever

Symptoms can be more severe in the spring or fall

Muscle aches

*Colds can cause different symptoms and sometimes, the symptoms may be more severe. If you think you may have a cold, talk to your doctor.

Yellow or green mucus discharge could indicate an infection requiring medical attention.

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An easy way to track your child’s daily symptoms to help your doctor assess what may be causing their allergies. Download the editable PDF to start documenting your child’s symptoms today!

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