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Could Those Cold Symptoms Be Allergies?
The dreaded common cold. If you’ve ever had one, you know that it feels anything but common. Everyone knows the classic symptoms:
But wait a minute. Those are all symptoms of allergies, too, and allergies affect people of all ages. So, how do you know if you have allergies or a cold?
The Ailments, Explained
However, the problem isn’t actually hay – It’s inhaled pollen from trees, grass, and weeds. Pollen makes your body create histamine. This is the chemical that causes your misery. Allergy symptoms can last from weeks to months, depending on the cause.
How to Spot the Difference Between the Common Cold and Allergies
Symptoms of both ailments are similar. But there are a few that differ.
Symptom: Thick, discolored nasal discharge
Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about your symptoms, or if you aren’t sure which ailment you have. Some medicines can help treat your cold or allergy symptoms, but be careful with drug interactions. For example, decongestants can increase blood pressure or interfere with the effectiveness of prescribed blood pressure medications. Ask your doctor or local pharmacist to check for interactions before adding any new medication to your current drug therapy.
And don’t forget that one of the best treatments for a cold is usually rest.
Talk to your local Rite Aid Pharmacist about your symptoms and find a treatment that’s right for you.
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