Is it a cold or seasonal allergies?

Is it a cold or seasonal allergies?

Learn how to tell the difference and how to tame your allergies.

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If you’re allergic to pollen, this time of year can be miserable. Congestion, itchy eyes and sore throat are just a few of the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Congestion is a symptom that allergies and cold viruses have in common. How can you tell the difference?

  • Cold-related congestion lessens over time. Colds develop over several days and usually clear up within several days.
  • Allergy-related congestion lasts as long as you are exposed to whatever is causing the allergy.

An over-the-counter allergy medicine may help you feel better, but talk with your doctor first — especially if you have an existing condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes, or if you’re pregnant or nursing. Allergy medicines may interact with other medications or supplements or have side effects of their own. Try these natural remedies to help soothe your symptoms.

Prevention is key for seasonal allergy relief. Check out these tips to lessen your exposure to pollen .

If your symptoms get worse, see your doctor. A medical professional should treat any serious breathing problems.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice. Do not rely on this information as a tool for self-diagnosis. Always consult your doctor for appropriate examinations, treatment, testing and care recommendations.