It can be difficult to tell the difference between an allergyX
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
and a cold, even for a doctor. Why? Because many of the symptoms can be similar.
These symptoms can appear in both colds and allergies
(although not all symptoms may appear)
Symptoms occur all at once or within a few hours
Symptoms for allergies can vary and can be more prevalent in the spring and fall for seasonal allergiesX
A chronic disease characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens commonly found outside, such as tree, grass, or weed pollens,or mold spores. Also called hay fever, outdoor allergies.
These symptoms are more typical of a cold*
Mucus from coughing or sneezing is typically thick, yellow or green†
Symptoms are accompanied by fever
Symptoms can be more severe in the spring or fall
*Colds can cause different symptoms and sometimes, the symptoms may be more severe. If you think you may have a cold, talk to your doctor.
†Yellow or green mucus discharge could indicate an infection requiring medical attention.