How to Tell the Difference between a Cold and Allergies

Are you the one who receive severe reparatory illness during a particular season? Well, it’s difficult to identify the underlying cause of your frequent illness. In fact, it is more challenging to assume that whether you are suffering from allergies or cold as in both of the cases, symptoms are quite similar to sneezing, coughing, and congestion.To prepare yourself for the sudden onsets of cold it is important to examine the difference between these illnesses to correct the symptoms.

These listed manifests will help you to understand the difference between cold and allergies and also provide you certain techniques of protection.

A Runny Nose

In case of a runny nose, you’re still not able to identify whether cold or allergy causes it. But if you look for consistency and color of nasal discharge you tend to understand which symptoms you are dealing with. As in both cases, mucus appearance is quite different. In allergies or cold your nasal cavity release thin and watery mucus but if you notice thick green or yellowish mucus the chances of respiratory infection increases in such case.

Itching and Rash In Eyes and Throat

If you experience Itching and rash in your throat and same in eyes then it would be appropriate to claim that it could be the onset of allergic reaction. However, in case of various viral infections, the probability of occurrence of the same onset may be possible. Hence, it is recommended to consult doctors for proper diagnose of the onsets.

Seasonal Shift

Allergies usually occur during seasonal sift due to pollen or occur by certain animal dander and dust mites while cold tend to occur in winters. However, its onsets are not only restricted to outdoor areas but allergies are also associated with indoor places as some people might allergic to invisible dust and mold species.

Duration of Symptoms

A cold usually occur at certain periods of time and remain last for 3-14 days, but in case of allergies, it prevails from short to a long period as long as long you are exposed to an allergen like ragweed and dust molds. However, if we talk about the appearance of symptoms, the sign of cold doesn’t occur immediately just as the allergies symptoms do.

Check Your Temperature

The symptoms of cold and allergies are strongly associated with each other, so it’s not easy to identify the major illness due to overlapping. But in case of allergies, you will not feel any pain and ache in the body just as you do in the cold. So, keep a check on your temperature for preventive measures.

Preventive Measures

You become dehydrated due to excessive nasal discharge, so it’s good for you to drink more water and fluids to keep hydrated. You can also try home remedies and some prescribed over the counter medication like Acetaminophen to discourage the onset of respiratory ailments. Moreover, take enough sleep for rapid recovery.

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