Is It Allergies or a Cold?
With the arrival of allergy season, it can become difficult to distinguish between a common cold or allergies. How you approach treatment is often dependent on which symptoms you are experiencing.
Common colds are generally caused by viruses, while seasonal allergies are responses by your immune system to combat allergens. The treatment options vary. According to the Mayo Clinic, treatments for the common cold may include pain relievers, rest and over-the-counter cold remedies, while allergy remedies often consist of over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants.
The National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases says the duration of the common cold can last 3 to 14 days, whereas airborne allergies can last several weeks! This time range can influence how cold and allergy treatment is approached – meaning you don’t want to focus on treating a short-term cold if you are experiencing long-term allergies.