Is it allergies or a common cold making you feel miserable?

Yes, it’s allergy season. If the sneezing, coughing, congestion and irritated eyes haven’t alerted you than surely all the media hype has. For some, allergy symptoms are just par for the course, but for others, these common complaints might be signaling something different?

Let’s talk about the difference between colds and allergies.

A cold is a virus and according to John Hopkins there are over 200 different types of cold viruses. However, the rhinoviruses can be blamed for the majority of your colds.

The common cold:

• Cough, sore throat, and a runny, stuffy nose.
• Severe colds can cause body aches and fever.
• The average cold last 7 to 10 days.
• If the cold last longer than 10 days it may have turned into a bacterial infection.
• People with allergies are sometimes more prone to catching colds because their immune system is already weakened.
• Headaches or sinus pain.

The definition of an allergy – abnormal reaction to a normally harmless substance. Basically, the body’s immune system over reacts, jumping into action to release histamines to expel the allergens from the body. These allergens can be swallowed, inhaled or come into contact with the skin.

Symptoms of allergies:

• Sneezing
• Nasal congestion
• A dry cough
• Watery, itchy eyes
• Runny nose
• Itchy throat
• Hives or rash

You don’t want to mistakenly self-diagnose allergies for a common cold. Treatments very depending on the illness and the medicines you take could actually prolong or even make your symptoms worse. Milton Miller, a renowned Chiropractor, showed that antihistamines dry out your nasal cavity, forcing the virus deeper into the lining of the cells. This prolongs the cold and can eventually lead to a bacterial infection.

If your symptoms worsen seek medical advice but whether you are fighting the common cold or season allergies your best bet for optimum health is to take an immune booster and a lot of Vitamin C.