Wednesday, March 13, 2019 06:46 AM

ASK THE EXPERT: COLD OR ALLERGIES? HOW TO TELL WHICH YOU HAVE, AND ...

Raquel Lopez Published 6:00 a.m. ET March 13, 2019

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Do you have a runny nose, cough or sore throat? Does your pink eye, nasal congestion and uncontrollable sneeze have you questioning your health? Many of these symptoms point toward a common cold, but they are also typical signs of allergies.

In fact, cold and allergy symptoms both affect the respiratory system and are so similar that many people confuse one for the other. Although they might have similar side-effects, the way to treat each condition is different. To become healthy again, it is important to treat your symptoms appropriately.

What are typical signs of a cold?

A cold is caused by a virus that leads to an infection. The end of fall and early spring are common times for a person to contract a cold. Cold symptoms typically last about seven to 10 days.

Symptoms of a cold usually include sneezing, cough, sore throat, runny and stuffy nose. If your sinus secretion has a yellow or greenish hue, you most likely have a cold. Discolored mucus is another sign of the infection.

A fever is also a common ...

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