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.