Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

Is it Allergies or a Cold?

Allergies and a cold can have some of the same symptoms, like a runny or stuffy nose and sneezing, but some differences may help you figure out which one you have, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Allergy Symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sometimes feeling tired and weak
  • Sometimes a cough
  • Sometimes a sore throat

Allergies last for weeks at a time, unlike a cold, which usually lasts from three to 14 days. You don’t have a fever or achiness with allergies, according to the NIH.

Cold Symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Sometimes feeling tired and weak
  • Some achiness
  • Occasionally a fever
  • Very rarely or never itchy eyes

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine