I am writing this blog to help clear the confusion between a cold and an allergy.

Many of my patients have been coming in recently feeling “under the weather” and many ask me if I think they have allergies or if it might be a cold.  My first response to them is “what are your symptoms?” … as they are somewhat different.

Although colds and seasonal allergies may share some of the same symptoms, they are very different diseases.

Common colds are caused by viruses. Seasonal allergies, however, are immune system responses triggered by exposure to allergens, such as seasonal tree or grass pollens.

You can treat a common cold with rest, pain relievers and cold remedies, such as decongestants. A cold often lasts 5-7 days in adults, although some may last as long as two or three weeks.  If you have a cold, you should avoid close contact with others, or at least wear a mask when in close contact with others until you get better.

You can treat seasonal allergies with antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants. Avoid exposure to allergens where possible. Seasonal allergies may last several weeks.

Symptom check: Is it a cold or allergy?
General aches and painsSometimesNever
Tiredness and weaknessSometimesSometimes
Itchy eyesRarelyUsually
Sore throatUsuallyRarely
Runny noseUsuallyUsually
Stuffy noseUsuallyUsually

So, once you pinpoint your symptoms you will know the appropriate course of treatment.  Remember allergies are not contagious, but colds are. Also remember that Chiropractic adjustments can help boost your immune system, so continue your Chiropractic care on a regular basis to stay as healthy as possible.

If you have any questions about this blog, or about your health in general you can reach me at: [email protected]