The difference between allergies and colds.

Very often in the spring or even summer we suffer from incomprehensible symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat or swelling of the nose. It is often impossible to determine at this moment the difference between a cold and an allergy, but we will nevertheless try to do it.


Allergy - it is nothing more than a reaction of the immune system to allergens, which can be wool, fluff, pollen, dust. The most common symptoms of allergies are itching in the nose, eyes and throat. It is also indicated by continuous sneezing during the day. In people with allergies, nasal discharge will most often be thin and watery, but fever, weakness and malaise in this condition are extremely rare. To get rid of allergies, you should, first of all, limit contact with the allergen as much as possible, and for this you need to carefully monitor the state of your body. First of all, it is necessary to find out what the body reacts to with lacrimation, sneezing and a runny nose. If it is not possible to limit contact with the allergen, then you will have to take antihistamines, nasal steroids or undergo a course of immunotherapy.

The culprit of the most common colds in the human body is a virus, it is he who, getting into the blood of a person, causes quite certain symptoms of the disease. Colds are very often characterized by coughs and runny nose, and almost always nasal discharge is yellowish in nature. This condition is characterized by muscle and headache, malaise, and a slight increase in temperature throughout the day. The hallmarks of sinusitis, in addition to a prolonged runny nose, are pressure and heaviness in the eyes, forehead, and paranasal sinuses. This symptom indicates the transition of a common cold to a new quality and requires immediate medical attention. Treatment for a common cold can be limited to a large amount of warm drinks, vitamin therapy and a single dose of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, this will help relieve the first symptoms, and rest and relaxation will bring the body back to normal without additional medications.


In order to determine your condition, you need to monitor your body at the moment when the symptoms first appeared. A cold cannot last longer than 10 days, while an allergy can pester a person for several months. Seasonal allergies occur at the same time of the year, most often in spring and summer during the flowering of certain plants.


  1. Allergy is an immune response to an allergen, a cold is a viral disease.
  2. Allergies can last long enough, and a cold heals in 7-10 days.
  3. Sneezing, itching in the eyes and nose, and light mucous discharge are more typical of allergies. High fever, headache, runny nose with yellowish discharge are symptoms of a common cold.
  4. You can get rid of allergies by limiting contact with the allergen as much as possible. Rest, vitamin therapy and a large amount of warm drinks will allow you to quickly recover from a cold.