We get this question a lot, what is the difference between a cold and allergies? Dr. Warrier talked to ABC36’s Sarah Pannell on “Mom to Mom” to explain what differentiates the two conditions.
Differences between a Cold and Allergies
Common symptoms of both include:
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Watery Eyes
Colds are caused by a virus. A cold can be treated with over-the-counter decongestants and pain relievers and lasts only a week or two.
Allergies symptoms are caused by an immune response to allergens. These symptoms last longer and occur year after year, so it’s important to find out to what you are allergic, so you know what to avoid. Treatments include antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays, and allergy shots.
Schedule an appointment to get allergy tested today!