Know the difference between allergies and colds

Do you have a cold that you just can’t kick? Your runny nose, coughing and aching body linger even after every possible cold remedy. How can this be? It’s possible your symptoms are due to seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies and the common cold have many similar symptoms which can be tricky to tell apart. That’s why Our Urgent Care team is here to help you understand the differences between the two and provide you with your best treatment options.

Whether it’s allergies or a cold, Our Urgent Care is open from 8am to 8pm every day, with no appointment necessary. Just walk in and we’ll help you find the relief you need.

What is a common cold?

The common cold is a viral infection that attacks your nose and throat. A cold is contagious and generally harmless. Healthy adults should expect to have two or three colds annually, while younger children tend to have more.

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are reactions to certain triggers that are present at certain times of the year. Pollen allergies are typically seasonal due to the growth of trees, weeds, and grasses. Perennial allergies are present year-round and include allergens such as pet dander and dust mites. Molds can be both a seasonal or a perennial allergy trigger.

Common Allergy Symptoms
  • Runny or itchy nose
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sinus pressure in the nose and cheeks
  • Ear pain
Common Cold Symptoms
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough & Congestion
  • Body aches
  • Low-grade fever
How can I avoid allergens?

Shower or bathe before bedtime to remove pollen and other allergens from your hair and skin. On a dry, windy day, stay indoors and keep your windows and doors closed. Use an air conditioner at home and in your car.

To reduce your exposure to mold, remove houseplants and clean shower curtains, bathroom windows, and indoor trash cans often.

To reduce pet dander use allergen-resistant bedding, bathe your pet often, and use an air filter. If your allergies are severe, you may need to give your pets away or keep them outside.

To reduce dust mites, remove drapes, feather pillows, non-washable bedding and soft toys. When possible, remove carpeting and mop or vacuum regularly. Vacuum soft furniture and curtains, as well as floors. Cover mattresses and pillows with protective covers. Lower the humidity in your home with a dehumidifier.

What medicines can I take to help relieve my symptoms?

Consult with Our Urgent Care to find out what is best for you. Nasal steroids, which can be obtained only by prescription, are the most effective treatments for allergic rhinitis. Antihistamines help reduce sneezing, runny nose and itchiness but are most useful when used before exposure to allergens. Decongestants help relieve a stuffy nose.