Allergy Or Cold? – WWNY TV 7

By | May 17, 2019

Allergy season is here.    

For the past couple of weeks, pollen counts have been very high. But, at the same time, the common cold is still going around and both have similar symptoms.

So how do you know what you have?

“The common cold, viral upper respiratory thing can be a week or two. Allergies depending on what you’re allergic to, like now the pollens, it can be a good month, maybe all summer until fall. If you’re responding to the medications, in some ways it doesn’t matter which it is,” said Mark Knowles, physician assistant.

Knowles says that’s because regardless of which you have, the treatment is the same – antihistamines, decongestant, nasal sprays and simply giving it time.

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