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Asthma, Allergy and Sinus Clinic

How can I tell if I have a cold or allergies?

Colds

  • Caused by a virus
  • Fever and chills
  • Lasts 7-10 days

Allergies

  • Caused by an allergen
  • No fever or chills, unless associated with secondary infection
  • Acute symptoms may last a few hours, chronic symptoms may persist
  • Often seasonal

Similarities between cold and allergy

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Clear drainage
  • Throat cough
  • Often responds to antihistamines, decongestants, over-the-counter drugs.
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