Is It A Cold Or
I can’t believe
Groundhog Day is here already! Even if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow
this Saturday, we still have many more weeks of winter to deal with and many
of our customers are having a really hard time this year. If you have the
flu you know it; but many people think they have a cold when really it’s
their allergies that are flaring up.
According to the American
Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) "Millions of Americans think
they are suffering from a cold during the winter months when they're
actually experiencing allergies."
Cold and allergy symptoms
can be very similar. That runny nose, headache and watery eyes, make it hard
for you to figure out exactly what is bothering you. For most the main
difference is the length of time symptoms last. A cold normally disappears
after a week maybe 10 days, but allergies can last much longer. In fact for
some almost all winter long. Another difference between cold and allergy
symptoms is that you may run a low grade fever with the common cold, but
allergy will never cause an elevated body temperature.
news is allergies are not contagious, but the symptoms only vary slightly
from the common cold, which is contagious. Normally if you have body aches
and a fever it’s a cold.
Have a cold?
Runny or stuffed nose
Watery or itchy eyes
Post nasal drip
If it’s a cold all you can do is rest, take a non steroid anti-inflammatory
drug (NSAID) like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or sodium naproxen to reduce the
fever and body aches and drink lots of fluids. A good bowl of hot soup works
wonders too! If it’s allergies you can take several different
over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as beefing up your
environmental controls. As always check with your doctor first.