Allergy Vs. Cold

Is it an Allergy or a Cold?

Characteristic Cold Allergy
Duration A few days Days to months —
as long as you are
exposed to the
Time of Year Most often in the
winter, but can be
Seasonal – spring or
fall, pollen allergy

Perennial – animal
dander and molds

Onset of symptoms Systems take a
few days to appear
after infection with
the virus
Symptoms can
begin immediately
after exposure to
the allergen
Symptom Cold Allergy
Cough Often Sometimes
Aches Sometimes Rare
Fatigue Sometimes Sometimes
Fever Rarely Never
Itchy, watery eyes Rarely Often