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Is It a Cold or Allergies?

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.



Occurrence

Symptoms appear one at a time (i.e. sneezing, runny nose, congestion)
Symptoms occur all at once.

Duration

Typically last 7-10 days.
Continue as long as you are exposed to the allergen.

Sneezing
Not as common.
Usually, sneezing will occur 2 or 3 times in a row.


Mucus

Yellowish nasal discharge.
Clear, thin, watery discharge.

 


 

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