You cannot stop sniffling and your nose is starting to resemble that of a timeless Christmas animal, but do you have seasonal allergies or a nasty cold?  In order to properly treat your issue, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with.  If you are unsure about the difference between allergies and the common cold, the following information may be useful to you.


If you are experiencing the following, you most likely have a cold.

  • Frequent cough
  • Sore throat
  • Aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Fever


If you are experiencing the following, grab some claritin because you have allergies.

  • Occasional cough
  • Itchy watery eyes
  • Slight sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing


As you can see, cold and allergy symptoms tend to overlap.  The most important difference is that colds usually don’t last longer than two weeks.  If you still have symptoms after two weeks, please visit Dr. Doonan at Newport Beach Urgent Care.



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