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Is It a Cold or Just Seasonal Allergies?

Though we welcome springtime for the fresh start it provides, the change in season may create some confusion for patients of WellNow Urgent Care in regards to personal health. Particularly when it comes to the common ground between colds and allergies, a recurring sneeze and runny nose might make it difficult to decipher your condition.

Before allowing a case of the sniffles to keep you inside, it’s important to understand whether your symptoms are allergy-related or signs of a lingering cold. Fortunately, the team of medical professionals at WellNow provide treatments for both. This spring, walk in to a location nearest you for quick, convenient care of colds and allergies.

In the meantime, here are some tips to help you determine if your symptoms are more likely to be a cold or just allergies.

The Common Cold

The common cold is caused by a virus, though its accompanying side effects — like a sore throat or sinus pressure — can be signs of a bacterial infection. The following list includes likely indicators of a cold that’s keeping you from feeling your best:

  • Fever or body aches
  • Coughing or sore throat
  • Chest and nasal congestion
  • Lasts typically for up to two weeks

Seasonal Allergies

Allergies, on the other hand, are your immune system’s reaction to certain environmental triggers, also called allergens. Almost anything can act as an allergen, with common offenders being pollen, mold, pet dander or certain foods. You may be suffering from seasonal allergies if you experience the following side effects:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Rashes or hives
  • Consistent flare-ups during the spring and/or summer months
  • Symptoms that persist for weeks or months on end

WellNow Urgent Care is located in your community to provide a convenient way to get better from non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Walk in or check in online today so you and your loved ones can get back to feeling well, now.