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Is This a Cold or Allergies?

November 01, 2019


With winter approaching and cold weather already here, many people are dealing with sniffles, congestion, and sore throats. When these symptoms occur we all assume that it’s a cold and after a few weeks in will pass. The problem with this assumption is that  if you are wrong and are instead suffering from allergies you may have the same symptoms next year at a comparable time. Another problem with assuming you have a cold is that you aren’t properly dealing with your symptoms because you don’t have the proper medication or treatment plan.


A cold is an infection caused by a virus. Allergies are your immune system's reaction to pollen, dust, or dander. If you’re suffering from a cold your mucus will be thick and discolored, will clear after 10 days, will not occur at the same exact time every year, and will not occur in a specific place. If your symptoms stems from allergies than your mucus will be clear, you may have itchy and water eyes, you will have the same symptoms every day, and you will notice that they occur in specific times and places annually. 


If you have a cold there are plenty of home remedies that can be used to cut or minimize the virus and the annoying symptoms. You can get rest, stay hydrated, and even get a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home. You can also clean your home to prevent the virus from spreading. If you have allergies then at-home remedies will never help you. We suggest you see a doctor if you suspect you have allergies so that you can improve your quality of life with medical evaluation and quality medical solutions.