Seasonal Allergies and the Common Cold Have 3 Important Differences
Many individuals are suffering from runny noses, sore throats, congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing at this time of year. You can experience some comfort when you continue to control your symptoms, but many people are left feeling very uncertain about their health condition.
How can you tell the difference between asthma and the common cold because you have the same symptoms? Allergies and colds have common symptoms, but there are three main variations to keep in mind when attempting to figure out which one the body is facing.
Are you crying, sneezing, blowing your runny nose all the time, and feeling like you’ve been struck by a train? The last one is a traditional cold symptom. It’s perfectly safe (within the spectrum of illness) to feel this way if your body hurts, but it’s not easy.
Anti-inflammatory medicines like aspirin or hydrocodone, as well as a heated bath of Epsom salt, can help relieve discomfort. Antihistamines can help, as they are partly responsible for the aches (your system’s normal histamines cause the pain receptors in your body to behave strangely).
Distract yourself from something you love if anything else fails. And if it’s just binge-watching something that perfectly complements your interest. When you engage in a pleasurable task, the brain releases dopamine (a natural pain reliever). You’ll need to relax anyway if you have a cough!
Allergies will ruin your day in a variety of respects, but fever is not one of them. A fever is the body’s innate protection against an attack by contagious agents, such as the bacteria that cause the common cold. To live and prosper, these species need the ideal atmosphere. The temperature in their version of heaven is about 98.6 degrees Centigrade.
When the body detects the organisms, it mobilizes an army of white blood cells and antibodies to fight the attack. If the creatures begin to gain the upper hand, the body deploys its hidden weapon: a fever. The temperature of your body increases from the pleasant 98.6, causing an atmosphere that is too hot for the species to survive in, thus destroying them.
The common cold usually lasts three to five days. Allergies will last for weeks, months, or even the whole year. You may have allergies if you’ve had this icky feeling for 5 days and haven’t had body aches or a fever.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never had allergies before. The sad reality of allergies is that they can strike at any moment (you can also recover from allergies, but you still run the risk of them returning).
To meet with us, contact the healthcare provider or come into either of Infinity Medical Care — Your Everyday Health Care Clinic. We will be able to assist you in determining whether you have the flu or allergies, as well as explain how to heal or control whatever one is influencing you.