Now that spring allergies are arriving, a frequent question that arises is how to know whether symptoms are caused by a cold or by allergies. Many of the symptoms of both are similar, but there are clear differences as well. Deciding whether the problem is due to a cold or allergies can make a big difference as far as treatment. For the common cold, treatments are aimed just at symptoms and typically the problem resolves in a few days on its own. For allergies, there are treatments that very effectively can deal not only with the symptoms, but also the inflammation causing the symptoms. There are also treatments to prevent allergies, so recognizing the problem is important. In fact, the best way to keep allergy season from being a problem is to start therapy to prevent the allergies in the first place. Call our office or schedule an appointment to see how we can help.

In late winter and early spring, although the trees are already producing allergy-causing pollens, there are still a lot of the usual common cold viruses that frequently cause trouble during the winter months. The following table helps to tell the difference between allergy and the common cold.

ALLERGIES vs THE COMMON COLD

*Note: Severe symptoms with a fever, severe aches and pains, you should consider the flu (influenza virus infection). There is treatment for the flu, which is helpful if started within the first 48 hours of the illness.