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Summer Cold Or Allergies? How To Tell One From The Other

As many of us know, it can be very frustrating to experience a summer cold. From the first sign of a stuffy nose, many of us head straight to the local pharmacy to pick up some over-the-counter medication to manage our symptoms. It never occurs to us that what we could be experiencing is actually allergy symptoms.

In recent studies, researchers have found that many adults will experience allergic reactions to common triggers, such as grass pollens and mold spores, for the first time in the summer. The symptoms these allergies present are very much like those of the common cold, so it’s important to learn about the differences between the two. Before speaking with an allergy doctor, there are a few signs to help you identify exactly what’s going on.

  • Persistent Symptoms

If symptoms last for longer than two weeks or more, it is more likely that you are suffering from allergies.

  • Itchy Eyes, Nose, and Throat

While some colds might be associated with these symptoms, allergies always are. If you are experiencing itchy, watery eyes, persistent sneezing, and an itchy nose and throat, chances are that you have allergies and should speak with an allergy doctor.

  • Exacerbated Asthma

If you have asthma and your symptoms are amplified or exacerbated by symptoms such as those listed above, you are likely suffering from allergies. It can be important to test for these allergies, as untreated symptoms could put you at risk for an asthmatic attack.

While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, there are many over-the-counter medications and prescription medications to alleviate the symptoms. Individuals with allergies can also work to avoid triggers and get treatment from an allergy doctor. Contact us today to learn more about summer season allergies.

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