Spring is just around the corner and for some that means warmer days and more time spent outdoors. While spring is a great time to enjoy nature’s beauty, the change in weather can mean seasonal illnesses like allergies. But how do you know if your symptoms are due to an allergy or just a seasonal cold? According to the Mayo Clinic, here are a few telltale signs to watch for:
- Itchy eyes: Although cold and allergy symptoms frequently overlap, itchy eyes are rarely associated with colds. If you’re having an allergy flare up characterized by itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose, try Sabadil.* Unlike many over-the-counter allergy medications, it is non-drowsy and there are no known drug interactions.
- Sore throat: While itchy eyes are often linked to allergies, a minor sore throat can be symptomatic of a cold. To find relief, try Coldcalm. Made from natural active ingredients, Coldcalm temporarily relieves sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat.* It is non-drowsy and there are no known drug interactions.
- Duration of symptoms: The duration of your symptoms can help you better identify whether it’s a cold or allergies. Because allergies are your immune system’s response to a perceived threat, they can be triggered whenever you’re exposed to the allergen. On the other hand, colds are caused by viruses and generally last three to 10 days.
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*These “Uses” have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.