Spring Symptoms: Cold vs. Allergy Edition

As the winter season melts away, we know that it’s time for a fresh start. Get outside with your family and friends for a little sunshine and a lot of playtime – without worrying about allergies, illnesses, or both. Before letting the sniffles keep you inside, it’s important to differentiate between whether your symptoms are allergy-related or from the lingering winter’s cold. Here’s how:

 

A cold is simply a virus, and though there are many different kinds, they all can be recognized with a few key symptoms:

  • Cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose
  • Fevers or body aches
  • Quick recovery times
  • Can typically last anywhere between 3 and 14 days

 

Allergies are a reaction the body has to specific causes. While your body is attempting to fight off what has triggered it, it shows some unique physical symptoms:

  • Cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose
  • Rashes & itchy eyes
  • NO fevers or body aches
  • Can last for weeks or months, with special appearances coming within particular spring and summer seasons

 

No matter what comes your way, Five Star Urgent Care is here to help save the day – so you can enjoy the season to the fullest. Practice washing your hands and monitoring the specific pollen or dander levels, but if the unwanted symptoms or sniffles do come your way, walk in to your local facility for the help you need to get back to life faster.