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How can I tell the difference between a cold and allergies?

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How long your problems last is one of the big clues when telling the difference between a cold and allergies, as they have different causes. You get a cold when a tiny living thing called a virus gets into your body. There are hundreds of different types that can get you sick.

SOURCES:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Is it a cold or an allergy?"
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Flu/Cold or Allergies?"
American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What are Allergy Shots?"
News release, FDA.
 

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Is it a cold or an allergy?"
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Flu/Cold or Allergies?"
American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What are Allergy Shots?"
News release, FDA.
 

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

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