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THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLD, FLU, OR ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

Many of us struggle to figure out whether our symptoms stem from a cold, flu or allergies. Symptoms of the common cold, the flu or seasonal allergy conditions can seem very similar. With so many symptoms common to all three, it can be a tricky question to answer as to which is bothering you. Knowing which symptoms are typical of each condition can be a helpful place to start. And of course, speaking with your doctor is the only way to get a confirmed diagnosis in the cold vs flu vs allergies quandary.

No one likes dealing with stuffed noses, sneezing or itchy eyes, but there are ways to help prevent all of these symptoms. Learn more about ways to prepare for allergy season, as well.

Check out this chart below to help tell the difference between cold, flu and allergy symptoms. Learn more about Flonase products to help your allergy symptoms and explore our allergy content.

WHICH SYMPTOMS ARE TYPICAL OF EACH CONDITION?*

FEVER

or all-over body ache1,2

COLD

Rare

FLU

Common

ALLERGY

Not typical

DURATION

of symptoms1,2,3

COLD

2–14 days

FLU

Up to 1–2 weeks

ALLERGY

Often longer than 3 weeks

MUCUS1

COLD

Thick yellowy mucus

FLU

Thick yellowy mucus

ALLERGY

Clear thin mucus

SNEEZING1

COLD

Less prominent, with longer rest time 

between sneezes

FLU

Less prominent, with longer rest time between sneezes

 

ALLERGY

More prominent, with sneezes in rapid succession

ITCHY EYES1

COLD

Uncommon

FLU

Uncommon

 

ALLERGY

Common

*You should consult a physician to be sure which condition you have.

Sources:

1. Allergic Rhinitis. Family Doctor website. 1996. http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/allergic-rhinitis.html. Accessed October 17, 2018.

2. Cold, Flu or Allergy? NIH News in Health website. 2014. Available at: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/10/cold-flu-or-allergy. Accessed October 17, 2018.

3. Common Cold. MedlinePlus website. 2014. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/commoncold.html. Accessed October 17, 2018.

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