Allergies or Cold?

Can’t figure out whether you have allergies or a cold? To get relief you need, you need to know which one you have first. Ask yourself a few questions.

Allergies or Cold - Infographic

1. Did your symptoms develop suddenly?

It is likely allergies. Exposure to one of your triggers can result in a reaction that is almost immediate. Cold symptoms usually take a few days to develop.

2. Sore and achy?

You are most likely suffering from a cold or flu.

3. Runny or congested nose?

You could be suffering from either a cold or allergies; if nasal discharge is thick and cloudy, it’s probably a cold. If it is thin and watery, then it is likely allergies.

4. Feeling the heat?

Do you have a fever, even a low-grade one? (37.1 to 37.5 ºC.) It’s probably a cold, not allergies.

5. Is it allergy season?

If you think your allergy is of the outdoor nature, take a minute to check the pollen forecast.

Finally consider the four seasons

Colds can happen any time, but more likely in winter. Allergies more often occur the rest of the year — spring, summer, and fall. Do your symptoms occur at the same time each year? You probably have seasonal allergies.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist. To be sure this product is right for you, always read and follow the label.