What Everyone Needs To Know This Flu And Cold SeasonHelp For Self Diagnosis: Is It Allergy, Flu or Cold?
It can be very difficult to determine if your symptoms are due to allergies, the flu or a cold. Typically allergy symptoms may include sneezing, runny or stopped up nose, headache, and watery eyes. Usually a fever is not an allergy symptom. A cold has the same symptoms and may also include coughing, but will usually run its course in 10-14 days while allergy symptoms can linger on and on. The symptoms of influenza (the flu) are also very similar but also include fatigue and aches and pains and may likely, but not always, include fever. Flu is the most serious because it can result in complications such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or encephalitis that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Continue reading