Get ready. Thanks to a relatively mild winter and a wet start to spring, allergy season has already begun in some parts of the country. And often, that combination means the allergy season will tougher than normal.
We’ll give you a word of caution right now: Even if you didn’t grow up with allergies, “adult-onset allergies” are becoming more common. So staying aware of your symptoms is key.
First, know if you’re facing allergies or a cold. What’s the difference?
- Colds last three to 14 days, though allergies can last a few days to several months.
- Colds set in a few days after virus exposure, but allergies can start right away when allergens are around.
- Colds often give you a sore throat, coughing fits, and a runny or stuff nose with yellow mucus. Sometimes, you’ll experiences aches or fatigue, with rare cases bringing along fevers and itchy, watery eyes.
- Allergies often give you itchy and watery eyes, and a runny or stuffy nose with clear mucus. Sometimes, you’ll experience coughing, fatigue or a sore throat, but you should never have aches or a fever with allergies.
Both colds and allergy spells can turn into sinus infections, in which case, you’ll need to see a doctor to get back on track. If you’re prone to allergies or colds, it’s a good idea to check in with your doc periodically so you can have a game plan suited to you and your lifestyle. For some people, it’s even helpful to take allergy medicines before symptoms hit, and a professional can tell you if you should.
Whether you’re currently ill or you just want to stay prepared, contact us. As you’ve heard before, no question is a silly question. We’ll help you show this tough allergy season who’s boss.