Could you be confusing allergy symptoms with the common cold?


CARRIED THE DRUG ON THEIR TRUCKS SINCE MAY. CIARA: IT’S EASY TO CONFUSE ALLERGY SYMPTOMS WITH THOSE OF A COMMON COLD. 22NEWS STORM TEAM METEOROLOGIST KELLY REARDON EXPLAINS HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE. KELLY REARDON: THERE ARE MANY SIMILARITIES IN THE SYMPTOMS FOR A COLD AND ALLERGIES, BUT THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE IS TIME. AMERICAN FAMILY CARE PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT JESSICA BATCHELDER TOLD 22NEWS THAT YOUR ALLERGIES CAN COME AND GO OVER THE YEARS. SHE SAID SHE’S SEEN AN UPTICK IN PATIENTS THINKING THEY’RE COMING IN FOR TREATMENT FOR A COLD, WHEN REALLY IT’S SOMETHING ELSE. “IT SEEMS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS IT’S BEEN GETTING WORSE BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T HAD VERY COLD WINTERS. SO PEOPLE WHO NEVER REALLY HAD ALLERGIES SYMPTOMS NOW SEEM TO BE GETTING ALLERGY SYMPTOMS.” KELLY : BATCHELDER SAID ALLERGY SYMPTOMS COME AND GO WITH WEATHER AND SEASONAL CHANGES. PAY ATTENTION TO WHETHER YOUR RUNNY NOSE, SNEEZING, OR COUGHING GET WORSE WORSE WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE. THE DIFFERENCE IS THE COMMON COLD SYMPTOMS OF CONGESTION AND COUGHING SHOULD START TO CLEAR AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS. SO THE NEXT TIME YOU FEEL SNIFFLY AND SNEEZY, DON’T AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME IT’S A COLD, EVEN IF YOU’VE NEVER HAD SPRING ALLERGIES BEFORE. YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK WITH

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