Allergy season is right around the corner in the U.S., and even though the season is about to start, many experts are worried patients will confuse certain cold symptoms with allergies. Dr. Stanley Fineman, an allergist and past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, reports certain pollens can pop up during late February and early March, so learning the difference between allergy and cold symptoms is key in getting a patient the right treatment.
According to ABC News, there are differences between these two common issues that can help patients decipher what condition they have.
"A cold can be accompanied by low-grade fever, sore throat and a cough, whereas allergies usually don't have those things," Dr. William Schaffner told the publication. "You might have a little bit of sore throat with allergies, but it's mostly runny nose and red, itchy eyes."
Other side effects that differ include feeling achy or having body pains, symptoms that can sometimes occur while battling a cold, but never happen with allergies.
Even if you understand the differences between a cold and allergies, it's never too early to start planning for the latter. A great way to ensure family members enjoy fresh air in the home is by installing a professional-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to help eliminate pollen and other particles in the air.