Common Cold vs. Seasonal Allergies [INFOGRAPHIC]

Knowing the difference between a cold and allergies means you can get the right treatment and feel better, faster. When you know the right allergy doctor to call, you can be confident that your doctor will find the solutions you need to control your allergies. At Allergy & Asthma Specialists, we use allergy skin testing and asthma screening to determine the source of your discomfort. If you’re suffering from asthma or allergies, we offer immunotherapy to alleviate the problem. Our goal is to provide you with top-quality medical care focused on controlling allergic reactions and asthma here in a comfortable environment.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about the differences between a cold and allergies!

common cold vs. seasonal allergies infographic

Colds and allergies have several symptoms in common, including:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Post-Nasal Drop

However, there are a few key differences:

  • Allergies tend to cause itchy eyes, which are not common with a cold.
  • Allergies are often accompanied by eczema, while a cold is not.
  • Allergies typically come on suddenly and may occur seasonally. Colds typically happen gradually.
  • A cold can cause a fever, which is not present with allergies.
  • A cold is more likely to cause a sore throat than allergies are.
  • Mucus stays thin and watery with allergies, but gets thick and colored with a cold.

You might be suffering from Allergic Rhinitis if you have these symptoms:

  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Visible lines in skin across the middle of the nose, from rubbing (more common in children)
  • Snoring
  • Dry, irritated, sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Itching of the nose, ears, mouth, or throat
  • Sneezing watery nasal discharge
  • Chronic Cough
  • Frequent throat clearing
  • Headaches

These symptoms may occur year-round or seasonally depending on different allergens. Allergens that cause year-round symptoms include animal dander, dust mites, and mold.

Treatments for Allergies and Asthma:

Allergies and asthma can be treated with the following methods:

  • Environmental Control
  • Medication
  • Allergy Immunotherapy: Drops, Tablets and Shots or Injections

Don’t suffer from untreated allergies. Schedule an appointment today with one of our board-certified allergists, and move towards a clearer tomorrow.