Is It Allergies or a Cold?

You feel a tickle in your throat. A sudden onset of the sniffles kick in. A sneeze attack sneaks up on you out of nowhere. Is it a cold? Is it allergies? Is it a virus? With the ever-changing weather it can be rather difficult to know which is which anymore, which also leaves you feeling confused as to how you can treat your symptoms.

It’s important to understand the difference between a cold and allergies so that you can not only opt for the best treatment solution, but also possibly prevent spreading anything that may be contagious.

Here are 5 ways to determine whether the sniffles and sneezes you’re experiencing are allergy or cold-related:

  • How’s your energy? While both allergies and a cold will cause you to experience some fatigue, a cold will generally knock you down and leave you feeling a little more drained than you would if you had seasonal allergies. If you’re a little sluggish, it’s probably allergies. If you’re flat out exhausted, chances are you’re fighting a cold or virus of some type.
  • Assess your cough. A cough is generally associated with both colds and allergies, but if you notice yourself coughing more later in the day, chances are it’s allergy-related. Allergies can cause post-nasal drip, giving you that obnoxious tickle in the back of your throat. If you notice your coughing gets worse in the evening, blame allergies. If coughing is persistent throughout the day, it’s most likely a cold.
  • Is your throat sore or itchy? If your throat feels painful and scratchy, or you have difficulty swallowing, it’s most likely a cold. If it feels itchy, it’s most likely allergies.
  • Do you have a fever? If you think you’re warm, take your temperature. If there is any fever present, even low grade, you’re probably experiencing a cold. While many symptoms of a cold and allergies are very similar, allergies will almost never cause you to run a fever.
  • What time of year is it? Because allergies range month to month, if you’re a seasoned allergy sufferer, you probably have a good idea as to when you’re going to have a flare up. Colds and allergies can both be brought on by certain seasons of the year, but allergies are very predictable and can be expected the same time every year.

Do your symptoms seem like they are more allergy-related? If so, here are 9 ways to avoid seasonal allergies and boost your immune system naturally.

If you experience itchy, red eyes, a cough, scratchy throat, post nasal drip, or sniffles and sneezes multiple times a year, and the same time every year, you most likely have allergies. It is important to be tested for the allergens to which you are reacting to so that you can prevent these frustrating symptoms you experience year after year.

Before you take another over-the-counter antihistamine, or spend another day suffering, take my complimentary online assessment today to see if you have seasonal allergies & learn what your treatment options are. Better yet, call us today to learn about allergy testing and my non-allergy shot approach to treating allergies naturally. 281-313-7435

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