This patient support community is for discussions relating to children’s allergies, hay fever, school issues, and allergies to animals and pets, birch pollen, drugs, dust mites, foods, insect stings, latex, mold, MSG, ragweed, peanut, and sulfite.
Use the chart below to determine if your symptoms are indicative of a cold or allergies.
SYMPTOMS COLDS ALLERGIES
Time of year
More common during the winter.
More common spring through fall.
Symptoms appear one at a time (i.e. sneezing, runny nose, congestion)
Symptoms occur all at once.
Typically last 7-10 days.
Continue as long as you are exposed to the allergen.
Not as common.
Usually, sneezing will occur 2 or 3 times in a row.
Yellowish nasal discharge.
Clear, thin, watery discharge.