Cold Or Allergies! What are they and where do they come from?
Cold Or Allergies? I’ve researched some interesting things you should know! The arrival of spring means warmer weather, growing plants, vegetation, pollen floating in the air, and most unfortunately, seasonal allergies. The fluctuating temperatures during the transition from winter to spring, for many involves catching of colds and allergies. With the funnest time of the year just around the corner who needs that?
Over 50 million Americans suffer from environmental allergies and over one billion suffer colds annually. So, how do you tell the difference between them? Let’s Debunk The Cold Versus Allergy Myth…
Typically, since colds and allergies share the same kind of symptoms and treatments, it’s hard to spot the difference most of the time; unless you know what true symptoms to look for. Different from allergies, the common cold is caused by a virus, while allergy symptoms are a result of immune system responses to allergens like pollen, dust, pet dander and even floating mold spores.
What are the signs allergies may not be your problem?
That’s when you may actually have a cold virus. Learn what each of the symptoms are so you can treat each one correctly and feel better much sooner.
However, it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two when symptoms first strike. A survey conducted by Doctor On Demand found that most Americans have no idea when it comes to differentiating between allergy and common cold symptoms. Did you know that more than half of Americans polled thought allergy symptoms, such as watery, itchy eyes, and itchy ears and throat were also cold symptoms? Did you know cold and seasonal allergy symptoms that do overlap include a runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, fatigue, and coughing?
The best way to make a distinction between the two is the duration of the different symptoms and how fast your situation deteriorates. (See your Doctor If Symptoms get worse) A common cold typically should last no longer than ten days, while allergies can pester people for many weeks or months to come.
Moreover, seasonal allergies tend to boom at the same time every year, while colds are more prominent between winter and fall or chilly, cold and wet periods. If you wish to tackle both, decongestant and nasal sprays alleviate both cold and allergy symptoms. These sprays can help those with colds breathe easier while also treating a swollen and congested nasal passage without causing symptoms such as insomnia or drowsiness.
Although nasal sprays are considered to be the most effective way to treat outdoor allergies, Doctor On Demand found only one in four Americans surveyed knew this; antihistamines like Claritin and Benadryl are not the best choices for environmental allergies. A cold and allergy symptom may overlap and they should be treated accordingly based on your diagnosis. If you are feeling miserable after a week, don’t hesitate, see your doctor.
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