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Do You Have Allergies?

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have cold/allergy symptoms seasonally/yearly?
  2. Does your cold/allergy symptoms effect your school or workplace productivity?
  3. Do you take over the counter sinus medications regularly?
  4. Have you taken over the counter medication for more than 3 months?
  5. Have you experienced side effects from your over the counter medication?
  6. Is the medication you are taking not working like it use to?

If you answer YES to any of these questions you may have allergies. Check with your physician or allergist to confirm the diagnosis in order to live a healthy normal life.

Do you have a cold or allergies?

Differentiating between a cold and allergies can be difficult due to similar symptoms. Like symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes, fatigue and headache. Colds do not cause itchy, scratchy feeling in the throat or eyes. Symptoms from a cold often appear one after the other.

The best way to tell the difference between a cold and allergy is in the length and the frequency of the symptoms. Cold symptoms are known to run 7 to 10 days. Allergy symptoms can disappear after you remove exposure from the allergen.