Cold vs. allergy: how do I know the difference?


Symptoms Allergy (Airborne) Cold
Stuffy or runny nose Often Often
Sneezing Often Often
Wheezing Sometimes Rarely, never
Itchy eyes Often Rarely, never
Fever Never Often
Aches and pains Never Sometimes
Weakness and fatigue Sometimes Sometimes
Headache Sometimes Often
Cough Sometimes Often
Dizziness Sometimes Often
Hoarseness Sometimes Often
Recur at a certain time of year Often Rarely
Need for antibiotics No No
Warning time Symptoms occur after exposure to allergen Gets worse over several days
How long it lasts? As long as your child is exposed to the allergen Usually three to 14 da


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