What’s Causing that Sniffle?
We’re in the thick of spring and that time of year when it’s hard to tell if you are having a bout with seasonal allergies or coming down with a common cold. But how can you tell the difference?
Allergy symptoms are immune system reactions caused by an exposure to allergens. Symptoms can be similar to colds. You can experience a runny or stuffy nose, some wheezing, coughing and congestion. Your throat can get sore from postnasal drip. Your eyes may become watery or itchy. These symptoms begin almost immediately after exposure to an allergen like ragweed, pollen, mold, dust or animal dander and can last as long as the exposure occurs. If the allergen is present year-round, symptoms may be chronic.
In contrast, colds which are caused by viruses, can bring on fever as well as fatigue, body aches and pains. Symptoms usually take a few days to hit full force and then clear up within several days to a week. Colds are contagious while allergies are not.
Homeopathy is not a one-size-fits-all approach for either of these conditions. There are many homeopathic medicines that offer much-needed relief for both seasonal allergies and colds without drowsiness or hyperactivity. You can learn more about homeopathic medicines and discover which ones are right for your symptoms by downloading the Boiron Medicine Finder app to your phone or smart device. Available for both iOS and Android, this free, easy-to-use app will help you find the best medicine to relieve your symptoms in three taps or less. You’ll find the recommended dosage for the medicine, and the protocols can be printed or shared via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.