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  • Allergy or Cold?

  • Sometimes it may be difficult to tell them apart. Both can cause a stuffy, runny nose, sinus headache, sneezing and coughing. What's the difference?

    Allergy symptoms usually:

    • Last longer than two weeks
    • Occur at about the same time each year
    • Get better or worse depending on the immediate environment or circumstances
    • Include itchy, sticky, red eyes
    • Include an itchy nose and dry throat

    A good rule of thumb is to tell your doctor about symptoms that last longer than two weeks. He or she can recommend an allergy specialist if necessary.