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ALLERGY AND ASTHMA :: Allergy

Cold vs. Allergy: How Do I Know the Difference?

Symptoms Allergy Cold

Runny Nose

often often

Sneezing

often sometimes

Itchy eyes

often rarely

Fever

never often

Aches and pains

never sometimes

Headache

sometimes often

Cough

sometimes often

Dizziness

sometimes often

Hoarseness

sometimes often
Recur at a certain time of year often rarely
Need for antibiotics no no
Warning time symptoms occur after exposure to allergen gets worse over several days
How long does it last As long as your child is exposed to the allergen usually 7 to 10 days

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