Allergies are out in full force and cold/flu season will soon be upon us. To understand the difference in allergies, colds, and flu-like signs and symptoms, read below to help you determine what you or your child has.
- Runny nose (clear, thin watery discharge)
- Watery eyes
- Itchy, scratchy throat
- No fever
Allergy signs and symptoms occur all at once and continue as long as there is exposure to the allergen. Signs and symptoms may subside after elimination of the exposure.
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose (yellowish, thick discharge)
- Chest Discomfort
- May have low-grade fever (< 100 ̊)
Cold/cough signs & symptoms usually occur one at a time and last 7-10 days.
- Fever > 100 ̊ to 104 ̊
- Dry or Sore Throat
- Dry Cough
- Fatigue, general feeling of sickness, loss of appetite
- Body aches & muscle pain, mostly in the back, arms or legs
- Shaking Chills
- Pain when you move your eyes
The flu usually comes on suddenly. Classic flu involves fever for around three days but it may last for up to eight days. Respiratory symptoms become more noticeable as fever decreases. A dry, hacking cough may linger for up to 10 days after other symptoms are gone. Complete recovery may take one to two weeks or longer!