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Start by comparing the most obvious symptoms.
Common allergy symptoms1
Runny/stuffy nose and post-nasal drip+
Itchy, red, and/or watery eyes+
Nasal congestion or sinus pressure+
Hives, rash, or other types of skin irritation+
Common cold symptoms2
Runny/stuffy nose and post-nasal drip
Red and/or watery eyes
Muscle aches and pains
Nasal congestion or sinus pressure
Although they can present as similar, it's useful to note the differences between allergy and cold symptoms. For instance, itchy, watery eyes or itchy nose or throat are typical allergy symptoms, while coughing, fatigue, muscle aches, and fever usually signal a cold.
Think about how quickly you experienced symptoms and how persistent they are.
Consider how long you’ve had symptoms.
Allergies are an immune system response that occurs because of exposure to allergens like pollen, dust, or pet dander.
In some people, substances such as pollen, certain foods, latex, mold, pet dander, dust mites or insect stings are allergens that trigger the production of antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine, causing symptoms in the nose, throat, eye, sinuses, ears.5
These symptoms can last throughout a season or even year around for some people.4 And many experience symptoms.
In turn, colds are caused by viruses, and symptoms generally last three to ten days.7
Probably a cold, not allergies.
Probably a cold, flu, or another more serious condition. Allergies don’t cause a fever.
Redness and watery eyes could be either allergies or a cold. But if your eyes itch, it typically indicates allergies.
Notice the color of your mucus
Clear and watery mucus is most likely due to allergies. If it’s thick and discolored, it’s probably a cold.
If you experience prolonged symptoms, make an appointment with your healthcare professional or allergist to ensure the right diagnosis.
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2. Ron Eccles. Understanding the symptoms of the common cold and influenza, National Institute of Biotechnology Information (ncbi.nim.nih.gov/pmc), 2005. Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2021.
4. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Editors. Sudden Allergies: When a Summer cold is much more, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (acaai.org), 2014. Reviewed on July 13, 2021.
7. Pritish K Tosh, MD. Cold or Allergy: Which is it?, Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.com), 2020. Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2021
8. Telfast Gulf PIL – last revised November 2020
9. Telfast-D Gulf PIL, last revised July 2021
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*Among oral antihistamines.
†Starts working in one hour. Applies to first dose only. Among single-ingredient OTC branded oral antihistamines.