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Allergies, Cold, or Flu?

Symptoms of allergies often mimic those of a cold and since cold and flu season is coming on strong, how do you know what you’ve got? Putting it simply, allergies are basically your body identifying a substance that is otherwise harmless, to be something destructive, hence trying to flush it from the system.

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The runny nose and the itchy, watery eyes are all symptoms of your body trying to expel the allergen (the substance causing the allergy) out of the body. The symptoms, as we all know, can linger and develop into an aggravation if left unchecked.

Some allergies are there to stick with you throughout the year and these are associated with substances most commonly found at the affected individuals’ household, including:

  • dust
  • pet dander
  • cigarette smoke
  • food

Some common differences between allergies and cold or flu symptoms include the nature of the mucus; in an allergy, mucus is clear and thin instead of being thick and yellow. There is also the absence of the fever and the presence of itchiness in the ears and throat. In more extreme cases, the development of hives is also possible in which case it is imperative to consult a doctor or a medical expert.

Flu has some distinct symptoms which are entirely its own. Allergies show flu like symptoms such as sneezing and the break out of hives, whereas the flu is a virus that brings with it a very tough fever to break. The flu’s fever can have joint aches and even diarrhea accompany it.

Experts advise an annual flu shot to prevent the spread of the flu whereas allergies are more or less incurable, though can be lived with, exercising some caution. Flu as a virus requires more urgent attention and care. Lots of bed rest is suggested, change of diet and intake of liquids are the most frequent remedies given by doctors. There is also the fact that the flu is contagious from person to person whereas allergies are more dependent on genes.

Either of the two diseases can be pretty debilitating on their own, which is why it is important to be able to identify your ailment and consult a medical expert if you cannot.