Do I Have a Cold or Allergies? | Aerius

IS IT A COLD OR
ALLERGIES?

CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS TO HELP FIND OUT.

There are many common symptoms between a cold and allergies, and it is often difficult to distinguish between them. Common symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose

However, there are clear distinguishing signs and symptoms that differ between the two. Here is a comparison table to help you differentiate.

Check your symptoms Allergies Cold
Congestion Do you have a blocked nose/congestion?

Usually

Usually

Eyes

Are you experiencing itchy eyes?

Usually

Rarely

Fatigue

Are you experiencing fatigue?

Sometimes

Sometimes

Fever

Are you experiencing a fever?

Never

Rarely

Body Aches

Are you experiencing body aches?

Never

Mild body aches

Change over time

Have your symptoms changed over time (ie, sore throat first, then cough)?

Stay the same

Change in types of symptoms

Duration

Duration of symptoms? Weeks (e.g. 6 weeks for grass pollen season) 3-14 days
Itching Are you experiencing itchy nose and/or throat?

Usually

Rarely

Pets

Have you been exposed to a new pet?

Pet exposure

Unrelated

 

The common cold and allergies display many of the same symptoms such as: runny, itchy nose and eyes; sneezing; fatigue and headaches. However, there are some differences. You are probably suffering from an allergy if:

  • There is no fever.
  • Mucous secretions are clear and runny.
  • Sneezes occur in rapid, multiple sequence.
  • Itchiness in nose, ears and throat is present.
  • Symptoms last longer than the typical duration of a cold, which is generally around 7 days.

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