Cold or Allergies – How Do You Know?

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My neighbor has been struggling with a cough, scratchy throat and runny nose for 2 months. She can’t figure out if it’s a cold or allergies. She is not alone. Fall is a prime time for allergies, but it’s also the time when you start to get more colds, thanks to kids bringing back all sorts of germs from school.

While colds and allergies share common symptoms, their origin is different. A cold occurs when a virus enters the body. Symptoms are a reaction to your immune system’s fight against the infection.

Meanwhile, allergies are an adverse reaction to a substance caused by an overactive immune system. Continue reading “Cold or Allergies – How Do You Know?”

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