As allergy season continues to make you and millions of others uncomfortable in almost every way possible, many people are wondering if their allergy symptoms may be part of something else. A lot of people often confuse the inflammation of allergies with the symptoms of viral infections such as the common cold, flu, or even just a sinus infection. That means that it makes a lot of sense to understand when you can just chalk it off as allergies and when you might want to see a doctor to make sure it’s not something worse than just pollen causing your problems.
One of the first things to keep an eye on is the timing of your symptoms. As allergy season begins, a lot of people assume that cold and flu season is over. The truth is, cold and flu season can last as long as May and allergy season can start as early as March, so there’s definite chance for overlap there. That said, if you wind up with the same symptoms every year around the same time, you can probably assume (at least, at first) that it’s allergies, especially if your symptoms last for more than about two weeks or so.
The symptoms themselves can also be a clear indicator of what it is that’s plaguing your body. Some symptoms are exclusive to allergies and others are exclusive to having a cold, so these can help rule out one or the other. For example, (this is about to get a little gross) an overabundance of clear or yellow snot is normal for allergies, but (sorry) a bunch of bright green mucus when you blow your nose is a sign of an infection and a clear indicator you may want to talk to your doctor. Allergies also never cause fever or chills.
The best way to be sure about any of this is to go and get checked out by a doctor. Your primary care doctor can help you understand what’s causing your symptoms and may even send you to an allergist who can really help you get a handle on your allergies. OTC allergy medication may help with some allergy symptoms, but prescriptions may be needed to help those who suffer from severe hay fever. Luckily, RxLess can help you save on prescription allergy medications like Zyrtec or Allegra!
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