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     Welcome to the Health Office

    April  

    It's that time of year where we see both Spring colds and start of seasonal allergies.

    If you tend to get "colds" that develop suddenly and occur at the same time every year, it's possible that you actually have seasonal allergies. Although colds and seasonal allergies may share some of the same symptoms, they are very different diseases.

    Common colds are caused by viruses, while seasonal allergies are immune system responses triggered by exposure to allergens, such as seasonal tree or grass pollens.

    Treatment of a common cold may include:

    • rest,
    • pain relievers
    • over-the-counter cold remedies, such as decongestants.

    A cold usually lasts three to 10 days, although some may last as long as two or three weeks.

    Treatment of seasonal allergies may include

    • over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines,
    • nasal steroid sprays and decongestants
    • avoidance of exposure to allergens where possible

    Seasonal allergies may last several weeks

                       Symptom check: Is it a cold or allergy?

               Symptom

            Cold

           Allergy

    Cough

        Usually

        Sometimes

    General aches and pains

        Sometimes

        Never

    Fatigue and weakness

        Sometimes

        Sometimes

    Itchy eyes

        Rarely

        Usually

    Sneezing

        Usually

        Usually

    Sore throat

        Usually

        Rarely

    Runny nose

        Usually

        Usually

    Stuffy nose

        Usually

        Usually

    Fever

        Sometimes

        Never