Nasal Drip … Is It Cold or an Allergy?

When the seasons change a lot of people are afflicted with a nasal drip. A lot of those people attribute this drip to allergies because it often occurs when the seasons start to change. It may not be, it could actually be a cold. Of course, when people are afflicted with a nasal drip during the winter it is often attributed to a cold when it could actually be allergies. Let us take a moment to learn how to tell the difference between these two causes of a nasal drip.

What do colds and allergies have in common?

A lot of people confuse colds and allergies because they have a number of things in common. Both allergies and colds can cause you to cough, sneeze and have a runny nose and post nasal drip. However, even the things that allergies and colds have in common contain clues as to which you have.

What are the signs of a cold?

If you have a cold then the discharge from your nose will be yellow or green or white and pretty thick. This is a sign of an infection rather than an irritation.

If you have a cold you will most likely also have a fever. It might not be a high fever, but your body temperature will be elevated. This is caused by your system trying to fight off the pathogens causing your cold.

If you have a sore throat and no post nasal drip then you might have strep throat with is caused by a bacteria. A post nasal drip or a bad cough could make your throat sore as well though, so you will have to pay attention to the rest of your symptoms when it comes to this.

Some other things to watch out for that will tell you if you are suffering from an infection rather than allergies would be fatigue, body ache and nausea. These are all side effects of your body trying to fight off the pathogens that are attacking you.

Colds and flu also typically occur in winter while allergies will occur around the time the seasons change.

What are the signs of allergies?

Allergies will typically give you a runny nose, but the discharge will tend to be clear and very liquid as it is your sinus’s reaction to an irritation rather than an attack on your immune system. The irritation could also make your sneeze and cause a tickle in the back of your throat that will make you cough.

You will also often have itchy eyes that get red and water a lot. They water because your body is trying to wash the irritant out and they get red because of you rubbing at them to try and relieve the itch.

You will most likely notice a pattern to your symptoms if it is an allergy. You will start to notice it when certain trees are in bloom or when dust is very high or something like that.

As you can see, it is possible to tell the difference between a cold and an allergic reaction. All you really have to do is pay attention to what your body is telling you.

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