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How do I know if I have a cold or allergies?

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Cold symptoms usually take a few days to fully show up. Allergies can come on quickly, and they last for as long as you come in contact with the allergen. Both cause a cough, runny nose, and sneezing, but a cold is more likely to give you aches and pains or a fever.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient information: The common cold in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

Cohen, S. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “Cold Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dehydration: Risk Factors.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Colds and the Flu/Treatment.”

University of Rochester: “Common Cold -- Self Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt.

American Psychological Association: “Stress Weakens the Immune System.”

Carnegie Mellon University: “Stress on Disease.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Cold vs. Allergy: How Do I Know the Difference?”

Brown University: “Health Promotion: Colds.”

NIH: “Three Studies Find Echinacea Ineffective Against the Common Cold.”

UpToDate: “The Common Cold in Adults: Treatment and Prevention.”

UpToDate: “Clinical Use of Echinacea.”

American College of Sports Medicine: “Exercise and the Common Cold.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 16, 2017

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient information: The common cold in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

Cohen, S. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “Cold Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dehydration: Risk Factors.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Colds and the Flu/Treatment.”

University of Rochester: “Common Cold -- Self Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt.

American Psychological Association: “Stress Weakens the Immune System.”

Carnegie Mellon University: “Stress on Disease.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Cold vs. Allergy: How Do I Know the Difference?”

Brown University: “Health Promotion: Colds.”

NIH: “Three Studies Find Echinacea Ineffective Against the Common Cold.”

UpToDate: “The Common Cold in Adults: Treatment and Prevention.”

UpToDate: “Clinical Use of Echinacea.”

American College of Sports Medicine: “Exercise and the Common Cold.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 16, 2017

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