Allergies or a Cold?

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You’ve been sneezing for days, maybe accompanied by coughing, perhaps even feeling run down. Is it just a common cold or a full-blown allergy attack? It’s sometimes hard to determine the cause of your symptoms, but there are plenty of clues that help guide the best course of treatment.

Common colds are caused by viruses, while seasonal allergies are immune system responses triggered by exposure to allergens. The most important difference is that colds usually don’t last longer than 14 days. Treatment for colds may include rest, pain relievers, and over-the-counter cold medicines, such as decongestants.

If you still have symptoms after 2 weeks, you may be experiencing allergies or even signs of another problem. Allergy treatments may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants, and avoiding exposure to the allergens whenever possible.

If you still have symptoms after 2 weeks, visit Righttime Medical Care. Our healthcare providers accept walk-in patients or you can make a convenient online appointment. We're open 365 days a year.

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