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Allergy symptoms vs. cold symptoms

Many Americans suffer with allergies and don't even know it, often attributing their symptoms to colds or other viruses, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). As seasonal allergies are getting worse with global warming, many who have never experienced allergy symptoms are beginning to notice them.

Watch out for the timing and duration of your symptoms when determining whether your sneezing and coughing are related to allergies or a viral infection. If you get sick after coming in contact with someone who is ill, you likely just have a cold. If it doesn't clear up within a few weeks, see a doctor to rule out something more serious.

If it's allergies, you may notice that you only get sick at certain times of the year, or that symptoms seem to go away and come back a week later. These are signs that you may have seasonal allergies, and you should go see a doctor about allergy testing.

A quality air filter like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier from Fresh Air Pro can be helpful to keep your home free of allergens. While many air purifiers only have the ability to filter particles larger than .3 microns, the IQAir HealthPro Plus uses HyperHEPA technology to remove ultra-fine particles as small as .003 microns in size, eliminating the air of 99.5 percent of all pollutants and allergens. Breathe easy at home with a quality filtration system from Fresh Air Pro.

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