Allergy or Cold?
Spring is here! Are you coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose a lot? Do you have a cold or an allergy?
A cold is caused by a virus.
A cold can occur anytime.
Symptoms of cold include: aching, low grade fever, coughing, sore throat, and yellow or green mucus.
Colds last for a few days to over a week
Allergies are caused by your body reacting to something that is typically harmless.
Allergies are either seasonal, especially in the Spring, or can be year round, such as reacting to foods, such as nuts or milk products, or animal hair.
Symptoms of an allergy include: runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and clear mucus from your nose.
Allergies last as long as you are in contact with the trigger of your reaction.
If you are uncertain whether you have an allergy or a cold, consult with your medical provider to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.
If you decide to try over- the- counter medicines to feel better, be sure to check with the pharmacist because some cold or allergy medicines interfere with prescription medicines that you may be taking.
Over- the-counter medicines to treat colds and allergies may not be right for you especially if you have high blood pressure, a heart condition, glaucoma, a thyroid problem, enlarged prostate, or diabetes.
If you decide to try an antihistamine nasal spray, do not use it longer than 3 days without consulting a medical provider. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, consult with your physician before using a nasal spray.
For more information see:
http://www.aaaai.org (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology);
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