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How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold, the Flau, and Allergies

How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold, the Flau, and Allergies

If you’re feeling under the weather it can be hard to know what the cause is. If you have an aching body, cannot stop sniffling, and are constantly sneezing then you could be dealing with any number of issues. You may be coughing so much that you cannot go about your normal activities. One of the biggest issues with this scenario is that it’s impossible to treat until you know the cause.

At Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group we can get you in quickly to find the cause and best treatment options for whatever you are experiencing. Call us now at 805-658-9500 to set up an appointment. In the meantime, read on to learn more about the difference between a cold, the flu, and allergies.

What You Will Experience with a Cold

If you have a cold then you are likely to feel weak and tired. You are likely sneezing and sniffling. You may have a sore throat. Other symptoms including coughing and a runny or stuffy nose. It is possible to have a slight fever with a cold but it will rarely be above 101F. In most cases, a cold will be completely out of a person’s system in ten to fourteen days.

What You Will Experience with the Flu

It is common for people to initially confuse the flu with a cold because a flu can be similar to a very intense cold. The main differences are the intensity (a flu is much worse) and the fact that the flu comes along with a high fever of at least 100F. Other symptoms of the flu including a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, coughing, sore throat, vomiting, and diarrhea. A flu will generally last a week or two.

What You Will Experience with Allergies

Allergies have a large impact on the upper respiratory tract, which is why the symptoms of allergies are so often confused with a cold or flu. Those symptoms include a runny or stuffy nose and watery or itchy eyes. One big difference between allergies and the flu is the fact that allergy symptoms are generally situational – they are not around constantly bur rather are situational and come when you are in certain environments or exposed to things like dander or smoke.

Not Sure What You Are Experiencing? Contact Us Now

If you are still not sure what you are dealing with, or if you do have a good idea of what you are dealing with but you need a treatment plan, then we invite you to contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500. If you are dealing with allergies, we have many treatment options including allergy shots. We can help with everything from a chronic cough to sinusitis. Call us now and we will get your appointment scheduled.