Many people think of allergies as seasonal, typically striking in the spring or fall. But, allergies can strike in the summer or even year-round. Summer allergies (or hay fever) can develop even in adults who have never had allergies. In such cases, it's easy to mistake allergies for a summer cold.
Hay Fever and Cold Symptoms
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers some tips on how to determine whether you have a summer cold or allergies:
• If symptoms last for two weeks or more, you likely have allergies.
• If your symptoms become progressively worse, you likely have a cold.
• Itchy eyes, throat and nose — along with sneezing — usually indicate allergies.
• If you have asthma, you may be more likely to have an allergy than a cold. About 75 percent to 80 percent of people with asthma also have an allergy.
Although summer colds and allergies may not seem serious, both can progress and lead to other health problems, such as a sinus infection, so see your physician or allergist if symptoms persist.
There is no cure for allergies, but avoiding triggers and getting treatment can provide relief and prevent progression.
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(Source - HealthDay News; updated July 2017)