Written by Amy Roper (last updated August 23, 2013)
If you find yourself going through boxes of tissues all of a sudden, you may be unsure about whether to treat your symptoms with cold or allergy medicine. While colds and allergies share many of the same common symptoms, and while many medications for both are interchangeable, it can be helpful to know for yourself which is which so you can best treat your condition, as well as keep from spreading germs to someone else if it really is a cold.
Whether it's that first sneeze or tickle in your throat, the symptoms begin. You will want to start by paying close attention to each of your symptoms. Some of the common symptoms that are shared by both allergies and colds such as fatigue, congestion, sore throat, and headache are very similar between a cold and allergies, but other symptoms are important to note:
If you'd like a more definitive answer, you can always see a doctor. They may give you a traditional scratch allergy test or blood test, or they may just ask about your symptoms; so either way, it's a good idea to keep track of those symptoms. Understanding can go a long way towards treatment.
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