Seasonal Allergies Or The Common Cold?

People who suffer from seasonal allergies understand just how miserable they can get when spring, summer, or fall comes around. Instead of being able to enjoy the change in the colors or the fresh scent of new blossoms they have to worry about controlling their sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. This can make them so miserable that they might even have to skip a day or two of school and work.

The seasonal allergies symptoms are very recognizable – but are often confused with that of the common cold. In fact many people may be treating themselves for the wrong people and not even know it. So how are you able to tell the difference between the two? You can either speak with your doctor and an allergist or you can try to recognize some key signs.

Many people will confuse the two together because the symptoms that are experienced are very similar. They both are able to cause sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, and watery eyes. When severe enough they both can cause you to feel tired all the time an unable to think. However, we are able to show you some differences between the two to make diagnosing and treating it easier.

When Symptoms Occur

Cold – When you have a cold the symptoms often appear one after the other. First you may experience the sore throat, then the sneezing, runny nose, and then congestion.

Allergies - when someone has allergies the symptoms will usually affect the person at one time.

Length Of Symptoms

Cold - In most cases a person will only suffer from the symptoms of the common cold between seven to ten days.

Allergies - The symptoms associated with seasonal allergies will last as long as the person is exposed to the allergen in question.


Cold – A runny nose is common and when you have a cold the discharge will have a yellow color.

Allergies - This is also a common symptoms that cannot be avoided – but the color of the discharge will be clear.


Cold - This is not a common symptoms and does not affect everyone.

Allergies - This is one of the more common symptoms and usually someone will sneeze two or three times in a row.