Is your cold allergic or viral?


Since colds and allergies have many of the same symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, and watery eyes, it may be hard to tell the two conditions apart. One way to tell what’s making you feel unwell is to pay attention to the symptoms that they don’t share. Colds are more likely to cause fatigue, aches and pains, along with headaches, fevers, and body aches whereas allergies are more likely to cause itchy eyes, wheezing, and skin rashes. Allergies can also cause rashes and itchy eyes which the common cold typically does not. Also, recovery from a cold is usually quick, that is 7 to 10 days whereas, allergies won’t go away unless you get treated or remove the trigger.