Flu, Cold or Allergies?

Many people dread the changing seasons because of the higher incidence of colds, flu and allergies that can pop up like blooms in spring. When you start experiencing sneezing and sniffling, accompanied by headaches and a sore throat, you may have trouble knowing exactly what is ailing you. Understanding the symptoms of colds, flu and allergies can help you determine the cause of your misery and address it properly.

Flu, Cold or Allergies

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The following are common cold symptoms:

  • Coughing and sore throat
  • Mild fever, body ache, and headaches
  • Thick green or yellow mucus

The following are common flu symptoms:

  • Coughing and sore throat
  • Severe body aches
  • A high fever that lasts from three to four days
  • Fatigue and exhaustion

The flu season peaks from December to January, but you could develop the flu at any time of year.

The following are common allergy symptoms:

  • Reactions that occur right after exposure to allergens
  • Congestion and coughing that last for many days
  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Pain under the teeth and cheekbones

Allergies may develop any time of the year, as long as the allergens are present. Note that cases of flu or colds may last for several days. Allergies, however, can linger for a couple weeks on up to several months or more.

Knowing the cause of your discomfort will help you find the proper remedy. If you have a cold, there is nothing to do but rest and drink plenty of liquids. Your cold will go away naturally after a few days. If you have the flu, depending on its severity, you could just ride it out. If flu symptoms are severe, however, it may be necessary to see your doctor who can prescribe antiviral flu medication.

If you suffer from allergies, you need to determine what triggers your symptoms. For Mesa allergies, visit the Family Allergy Clinic for diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor may prescribe Mesa sublingual allergy immunotherapy, which is a no-hassle alternative to allergy shots. With sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), drops are placed under the tongue and absorbed into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth. The treatment desensitizes your body to allergens so that it will stop reacting to them once and for all.