How to Tell if You’re Experiencing a Cold or Allergies

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We’ve spent so long – a whole season, to be precise – waiting for spring. And now that it is here, we couldn’t be happier – but try telling that to our runny noses, watery eyes, and scratchy throats. That’s right, the onset of spring also means spring allergies are back! The overlap between colds and allergies can be a little blurry (especially if you’re sneezing – or coughing all the time!). So, in order to know whether it’s time to pop a Cold-EEZE or an antihistamine you have to know what’s causing your symptoms. We’re here to help out with our springtime Cold-EEZE cheat sheet!

Aches & Pains
Aches and pains may not break your bones, but they sure are uncomfortable. Generally, though, they’re associated with a cold, not allergies.

If you’re battling cold or allergy symptoms and have a fever on top of this… well, it’s a little complex. Truth be told, fever rarely is a symptom of a cold, but it is a cold symptom more frequently than an allergy symptom! So there’s your clue. But if the symptoms persist or grow more uncomfortable, contact your doctor immediately!

Itchy Eyes
Itchy eyes, on the other hand, are more often associated with allergies than a cold. Time to break out the antihistamines!

Sore Throat
If you find your throat an achin’, that generally means that you have a cold, but sore throats can be present with allergies too. So pay attention to your other symptoms to diagnose the problem—and you know the drill. If it’s a cold you’re combating, pop a Cold-EEZE! 😉

Runny Nose
Another close to call symptom that could go either way. The best way to tell? Check the color – colds often are accompanied by yellow mucus; allergies by clear mucus. Hey, it might sound icky, but you want the correct diagnosis, right? 😉

There you have it – our cheat sheet! Of course, if your symptoms persist, you should make sure to see your physician!

Tell us, what are the ways that you self-diagnose?