Colds vs Allergies

Let’s face it, it can be hard to tell the difference between when our friends have a cold or allergies. Symptoms like a runny nose, cough, or congestion are not reliable determinants. These body responses are present for both conditions that, without conducting further examination, can blur the lines of symptom’s causes. Let’s explore the differences.

Colds are produced by different kinds of viruses. Once a virus is in our body it attacks our immune system. Classic symptoms of cold include congestion. runny noses, or coughing. The bacteria that come from these viruses cause colds to be contagious. Viruses can be transmitted through sneezes, cough, or hands shakes. Colds typically last just a few days, quickly beat out by our immune systems.

Allergies on the other hand are caused by an overactive immune system. When a person is exposed to dust or pollen substances our body can mistake the invaders as germs, so they release a chemical called histamine. What your body meant to be beneficial can end up causing swelling in nasal passages, a runny nose, coughing and sneezing. Unlike colds, allergies are not contagious.

While symptoms between colds and allergies can be similar, their length of time can vary from three to fourteen days for colds to days and upwards of weeks for allergies. Colds often attack during winter season, but mostly because people stay indoors more and pass around viruses easier. Therefore, colds can come about at any time of the year. Cold symptoms can take a few days to develop, while allergies can begin immediately after exposure to the allergen.

Symptoms such as fatigue and runny or stuffy nose can seem identical between allergies and colds. However, coughs seldom victimize allergy sufferers and are primarily a trait of a cold. The same goes for body aches.

Should you be experiencing allergy symptoms, talk to the friendly staff at Family Allergy Clinic. Call us today at 480-827-9945.