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Arizona Seasonal Allergies or is it Cold? How to tell the difference

Seasonal allergies vs regular cold

Seasonal Allergies VS Cold

Seasonal allergies and colds often share the same symptoms. This makes it difficult to tell one from the other. Shared symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, and congestion. However, a cold can also include symptoms such as coughing and a sore throat. Seasonal allergies can also cause itchy eyes which is not a common symptom of colds. With such similar symptoms, it is hard for people to determine the difference between a cold and an allergy. The below are signs to consider when you are having trouble telling the difference.

Winter, Spring, Summer, of Fall?

One way to tell the difference between an allergy and a cold is by the time of year. Colds occur after exposure to a virus and they are more likely to develop in the winter. Allergies occur after exposure to pollen and tend to develop in the spring, summer, or fall. If you have symptoms at the same time each year, you are likely suffering from allergies rather than a cold.

Nasal Discharge

The color of your nasal discharge is also a factor in deciphering between an allergy and a cold. If the color of your mucus is green or yellow, it is a sign of a cold. Allergies also produce nasal discharge but the mucus is usually clear in color.

Running a Fever

Cold sufferers often deal with running a fever or having muscle aches. Seasonal allergies don’t typically cause fever or muscle aches.


Another way to tell the difference between an allergy and a cold is by how long you have symptoms. Colds can last as long as two weeks. Allergies, on the other hand, can last a lot longer, depending on the length of pollen exposure.

Hopefully, these signs will help the next time you are experiencing allergy or cold symptoms. If you suspect you are experiencing allergies, consult with one of our allergy specialists.  At Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates, P.C. we can provide diagnosis, treatment, and management for all types of allergies. Call us now for an appointment at 602-242-4592!