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Is it allergies or a cold? How to tell the difference

Allergy season is here for many people around the nation and even though the spike in sneezing, coughing, runny noses and other symptoms might make you feel like it's time to purchase allergy medication or install a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, another condition could be to blame. 

Even though a reported one in five Americans has allergies or asthma, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, colds cause similar side effects. Knowing the difference between the two ailments might ensure people get the relief they really need. 

The experts at Men's Health magazine recently broke down both conditions to help people figure out which issue is leaving them feeling groggy. When it comes to allergies, looking for patterns is key. For example, if you get congestion, itchy eyes and a cough at the same time each year, it's more likely that you are inflicted with seasonal allergies than a cold. However, more research has shown that even people in their 50s can suddenly develop allergies, so talking with a doctor when symptoms come on is a great idea. 

According to the news outlet, common colds share similar symptoms with allergies, though most people tend to be sicker when they have a cold rather than allergies. Cold patients might feel more run down or achy and could have more mucus or running noses than their counterparts with environmental issues like ragweed.