Is It a Cold or Allergies?

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Allergies versus cold is a very
difficult topic. It’s very difficult to know whether your child is having
symptoms of allergies or sometimes a cold. Usually symptoms of allergies are
runny nose, sneezing, and itchy or scratchy throat. Those symptoms can come
during a cold as well. Is it important to know the difference?
Yes, it’s important because the treatment is different. If you don’t know for sure
that your child has allergies, for example, if your child has not been
tested for allergies, then you can try an over-the-counter antihistamine. If it
doesn’t help, maybe it’s not allergies that you’re dealing with but more
recurrent colds. If you are unsure if your child has
allergies because they have recurrent symptoms and they may or may not respond
to allergy therapy, maybe your child needs to be allergy tested. You may
want to ask your pediatrician if they can refer you to an allergy specialist
to have them tested. My son has allergies and I understand how frustrating it can
be when they keep having symptoms and sometimes you don’t know what is going
on. It is always important to talk to your doctors about it, so then you can
make the correct plan of treatment for your child.

5 thoughts on “Is It a Cold or Allergies?

  1. There is a difference between a cold, flu and hayfever!

    With a cold, people present with symptoms like watery eyes, runny nose or a blocked nose and sneezing.

    With the flu: muscle aches and pain a lot of people present with joint pain and headaches and hardly anyone would go to the pharmacy because of how sore they feel. It happens for 7 to 14 days.

    With hayfever it happens for weeks to months and itchiness of the eyes throat and nose are common around the summer. It happens to people in the early hours of the morning or in the evenings every time a person is exposed to an allergen. The colour of the nasal discharge is clear compared to a cold which is yellowish.

    I hope it's helpful!

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