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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLDS AND ALLERGIES?

Seasonal allergies and colds share some common symptoms, so it may be hard to tell the two apart. Colds are caused by viruses, while allergies are due to the body’s own response to allergy-causing substances like pollen, mold or pet dander. This sensitivity causes your immune system to react, which results in the symptoms you experience. Use this table to help you differentiate between an allergy and cold:

Cough

Cold

Usually

Allergies

Occasionally

Aches & pains

Cold

Occasionally

Allergies

Never

Fatigue & weakness

Cold

Occasionally

Allergies

Rarely

Itchy eyes

Cold

Rarely

Allergies

Usually

Sneezing

Cold

Usually

Allergies

Usually

Sore throat

Cold

Usually

Allergies

Rarely

Runny nose

Cold

Usually

Allergies

Usually

Stuffy nose

Cold

Usually

Allergies

Usually

Fever

Cold

Rarely

Allergies

Never

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