The symptoms of allergies: Decode what's making you miserable.
Colds and allergies often share the same symptoms. Below are a few key differences.
If you think you have an allergy, see your doctor about treatment.
|Duration||As long as your allergen exposure||Rarely more than 10 days|
|Symptoms Appear||Immediately||In a few days|
|Symptoms||Runny (clear discharge) or stuffy nose, violent sneezing, wheezing, coughing, watery and itchy eyes||Runny (yellow discharge*), aches and pains, sore and scratchy throat, sneezing and coughing|
|Mucus||Usually clear||Usually yellow*|
Yellow mucus discharge could indicate an infection.
If you have allergies, cold, or flu, you should stay away from allergens that can make your symptoms worse.