When you start to feel like a lesser version of yourself you look at the calendar and aren’t quite sure if your seasonal allergies are kicking in or you are dealing with a common cold. If you have a cold, you may not be able to go into your place of work and spread the sickness. If you have seasonal allergies, it may be painful and annoying, but you will be able to go to work and be around people since seasonal allergies are catchy. In this article, we are going to talk about signs you have seasonal allergies and not just a cold.
Mucus starts clear whether you have a cold or are experiencing seasonal allergies. As it progresses a few days, you will begin to notice that you start to get thicker yellow mucus if you have a cold. If you only have allergies, then your mucus will stay clear.
Throat symptoms can be difficult to tell if you have a cold or allergies, but if your cough is dry it supporting evidence that you have allergies when your cough is dry. Even if your mucus is clear if you are coughing up mucus you are most likely dealing with a cold. When you are trying to decide between seasonal allergies vs. a cold, decide on the side of a cold if your cough is wet.
You may experience throat irritation, but there usually isn’t a lot of pain. If you have a cold, you are likely to have a sore throat. Almost no allergies cause a sore throat.
You might experience redness and discomfort around your eyes when you have a cold, but allergies are most often the cause of watering and itching. Colds may make your nose and throat feel itchy, but they don’t often affect the eyes. If you have swelling around the eyes, this is a good clue that you are dealing with allergies.
If your symptoms continue for a long time, you are likely dealing with allergies. Colds usually run their course after three to five days and even week. If you have a cold, you won’t be able to feel better quickly by removing yourself from an area with allergens such as pollen ridden areas or places with pet dander.
If you get the same symptoms every year at the same time, it is likely that you have allergies. Noticing these patterns is one of the best ways to see if you have allergies, but you may get a cold at the same time each year because of the weather change so make sure to look at the other points as well and figure out what you are truly dealing with. Your symptoms may even occur earlier than you think allergy season would normally be so don’t discount allergies if this pattern happens before normal allergy season.
Colds or the flu may cause fevers, but allergies aren’t likely to do so. Allergies almost never cause your body temperature to elevate, but if they do, it isn’t likely to feel like a fever. If you feel a little warm, it might just be from exertion so make sure to check only when you haven’t been moving around a lot.
Allergies can make you feel run down and tired, but they don’t give you aches and pains like a cold or the flu. Itching and sneezing can be annoying, but it isn’t a reason to need to stay in bed. If it hurts when you move you are likely to need some time to recover.
If you find out that you have allergies instead of a cold, you will find that both of these conditions are symptomatic. You can only treat the symptoms, and there isn’t much else you can do for them. There are some simple things you can do to reduce your discomfort if you experience allergy problems.
Whenever allergy season approaches, you need to make sure that you are taking antihistamines so you do not experience these symptoms. If you wait until you experience these symptoms, it is going to be more difficult to get rid of them.
Another good strategy you can use to reduce discomfort from allergies is to keep all windows closed and use the air conditioning. Your goal is to keep allergens to a minimum in your house so make sure that you remove any rugs that may be holding dust mites or pet dander. You should also figure out exercises you can do in the house when your seasonal allergies are acting up. Dry and windy times are the worst for allergies which means they are prime times for staying inside.
The main reason you need to know whether or not you are dealing with allergies or a cold is that you are contagious with a cold and not contagious with allergies. If you notice that you are getting a cold, you might want to take a few sick days to recover, so you do not get anyone else sick. As advancements in technology continue, there will be easier ways to figure out what ailments you have or are likely to experience so you can treat them before they get worse than they are.