April 08, 2016, 09:00
It is easy to catch a cold in the spring, but its symptoms can be confused with the onset of an allergy. Many allergy sufferers start taking antihistamines even before flowering begins. But at risk are those who have not encountered seasonal allergies, although no one is immune from it.
To begin with, there are common symptoms for allergies and colds. These include: sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, eye irritation, and nasal discharge.
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Cold or not?
In the case of allergic reactions, nasal discharge is thin and clear. They are accompanied by severe itching in the nasopharynx, which is difficult to get rid of. You can often feel the urge to rub your nose. With a cold, the discharge, as a rule, has a color and more often: greenish-yellow. With allergies, you really want to sneeze and this happens often, but superficially. And in case of illness — rarely, but loudly and strongly.
During a cold, the eyes may turn red and watery only at first, then periodically. If you experience itching in the eyes and watery eyes almost constantly, this is one of the characteristic signs of an allergy. Another fact that indicates allergies is dark circles under the eyes.
Temperature and sore throat
It is important to know that both colds and allergies can raise the temperature. A high temperature may indicate a viral infection, but it can also rise with other allergic manifestations — hives, allergic dermatosis, etc. Sore throat and other painful manifestations are signs of a cold.
An allergy is accompanied by a sore throat, but not pain. The duration of the disease also characterizes its nature. A cold usually lasts one week, if complications are observed, then two weeks. In turn, the allergy disappears after the disappearance of the allergen and occurs upon contact with it.
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