How to Tell Whether You Have a Cold or Allergies

We’ve all been there, especially during this time of year. One moment you feel fine, then the next you start sniffling and sneezing and you completely stop feeling like yourself. When this happens, it can be hard to tell whether your symptoms are a sign of allergies or a sign that you are coming down with a cold.

The sooner you know the difference, the better prepared you will be to get the treatments you need to start feeling like yourself again. So, how exactly can you tell whether you have a case of a common cold or are coming down with allergies? Here are some tips.

How to Tell If It’s a Cold

When dealing with a cold, your symptoms are going to be slightly different than allergies, here are some ways to tell if you have the common cold on your hands.

  • You have a cough
  • Your body aches or you have a low fever
  • You have a headache
  • Your symptoms change or get better or worse every few days
  • Your mucus is colored (typically yellow or green) and is thick

How to Tell If It’s Allergies

While cold and allergy symptoms can be very similar, there are some distinct differences between the two. If you are dealing with allergies, then you can expect some of the following symptoms:

  • Clear or watery mucus
  • Watery or itchy eyes (itchy eyes rarely accompany a cold)
  • Symptoms that stay the same day after day
  • Your symptoms appear only in certain situations or seasons
  • You’ve had symptoms for more than a week

Know for Sure and Get Allergy Tested

Want to know the surest way to determine if allergies are to blame for your symptoms? Get tested. Here at LT Men’s Clinic, we are proud to offer Allervision allergy testing. This state-of-the-art system is designed to help determine the cause of your allergies, but to help you find successful treatments for your allergies as well. This painless skin test can tell you what you are allergic to in just 15 minutes so you can get the treatment you need to finally put those pesky symptoms to rest.

Visit LT Men’s Clinic to learn more about our Allervision allergy testing services and to finally determine whether allergies or the cold is to blame for your symptoms, so you can get back to feeling your best!