Colds vs. Allergies
It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between the common cold and allergies. However, making that distinction is key to identifying the proper treatment for timely relief.
As we head into the cold, winter months, keep this chart handy to help you determine if you are dealing with the common cold or airborne allergies.
Up to 2 weeks
As long as the allergens are present
Stuffy, runny nose; sore throat; cough
Stuffy, runny nose; itchy, watery eyes
Rest, fluids, over-the-counter medicines to ease symptoms
Antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids
Source: National Institutes of Health