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Allergy & Colds

How are colds and allergies the same? How are they different?

  • Symptoms: Sometimes the symptoms of a cold and an airborne allergy are similar.
  • Cause: A cold is caused by a virus. An allergy is caused by an immune reaction to allergens.
  • Contagiousness: Colds are contagious; allergies are not.
  • Timing: Colds tend to occur once in a while and last for a week or two. Allergies can be seasonal, year-round, or occur only on rare occasions if there is an exposure to the allergen. (16)

 

Is it a cold or an allergy? (16)

 

Symptoms

Cold

Allergy

Cough

Common

Sometimes

General aches, pain

Slight

Never

Fatigue, weakness

Sometimes

Sometimes

Itchy eyes

Rare or never

Common

Sneezing

Usual

Usual

Sore throat

Common

Sometimes

Runny nose

Common

Common

Stuffy nose

Common

Common

Fever

Rare

Never

Duration

3-14 days

Weeks

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