How To Tell Whether You Have Allergies or A Cold

cold vs allergies in atlanta | AICA AtlantaThe average healthy adult in Atlanta gets sick two to three times per year, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Compared to those who suffer from seasonal allergies, this takes place when your immune system is stimulated in ways that it begins to attack foreign substances.

To tell whether you are suffering from fall allergies or are catching a cold, it’s important to look at two specific details:

  • Duration
  • Chronicity

Here are a few ways to understand the difference between allergies and a cold.

Cold vs. Allergies

If you suddenly experience some symptoms that appear to be related to the common cold, make sure to consider where you are in the calendar year. Colds usually develop during the winter season when viruses can easily transfer from one host to another because of the cooler temperatures.

Conversely, seasonal allergies tend to appear during the same times each year and are much more predictable.

Months vs. Days

People who suffer from the common cold tend to do so for three to 14 days at a time, whereas allergy victims often suffer for weeks at a time or for as long as they are exposed to whatever element is causing the reaction e.g. pollen, mold, dust, dander, etc.

Mucus Discharge

Another way to determine whether or not you are suffering from a cold or seasonal allergies is by looking at the color of your mucus.

Green or yellow discharges are associated with colds while clear, runny noses highlight allergies.

However, it is possible for allergy victims to develop some sinus infection that causes yellow-colored mucus to form.

Aches and Pain

People who suffer from a cold tend to develop aches and pains that spread throughout their body. Also, allergies are not contagious where colds are.

Whether You Are Suffering From A Cold or Seasonal Allergies, AICA Atlanta can help!

The Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta are experienced at helping cold, and allergy patients work through their symptoms so that they can quickly return to their regular routine.

With the support and use of Chiropractic Adjustments, we can remove any interferences that exist within your body and prevent your immune system from performing at its best.

We offer free consultations to all new patients and are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have or to schedule an immediate appointment.

You can contact our Atlanta office by filling out our online submission form or by calling us today at (404) 889-8828.

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