Health Library

Health Library

Cold vs. Allergy: How Do I Know the Difference?

Symptoms

Allergy

Cold

Stuffy or runny nose

Often

Often

Sneezing

Often

Often

Itchy eyes

Often

Rarely, never

Fever

Never

Often

Aches and pains

Never

Sometimes

Headache

Sometimes

Often

Cough

Sometimes

Often

Dizziness

Sometimes

Often

Hoarseness

Sometimes

Often

Recur at a certain time of year

Often

Rarely

Need for antibiotics

No

No

Warning time

Symptoms occur after exposure to allergen

Gets worse over several days

How long it lasts

As long as your child is exposed to the allergen

Usually three to 14 days

Cold vs. Allergy: How Do I Know the Difference? - WellSpan Health

Online Medical Reviewer: Fincannon, Joy, RN, MN
Online Medical Reviewer: Haines, Cynthia, M.D.
© 2014 WellSpan Health. All Rights Reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

Are you sure you would like to cancel?

All information will be lost.

Yes No ×

About the provider search

This search will provide you with WellSpan Medical Group and Northern Lancaster County (Ephrata) Medical Group primary care physicians and specialists. If we don’t have a WellSpan Medical Group physician to meet your criteria, the search will expand to include community physicians who partner with WellSpan Medical Group physicians through the WellSpan Provider Network or provide care to patients on the Medical Staffs of WellSpan’s Hospitals.

×