I know when I was a kid, many of my nasal allergy symptoms were dismissed because I didn't test positive to allergens. The doc dismissed my symptoms and told my parents I must just get a lot of colds. It wasn't until I was an adult and went to an actual allergist who diagnosed based on symptoms and not just testing, that I finally got some relief.
The tips in here are good ones to reduce exposure. Are there any you didn't know?
Health experts note that colds and seasonal allergies can cause many of the same symptoms — runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, fatigue, and coughing. But a common cold typically lasts no longer than 10 days, while allergies can linger on for months.
Viruses also tend to bring on fever, chills, and body aches that allergy sufferers don’t generally experience. They are best treated with rest, drinking plenty of fluids, boosting your immune system, and using over-the-counter remedies to manage symptoms until they’ve run their course and go away on their own.
Allergies, on the other hand, tend to cause watery eyes, itchy throats, and wheezing — symptoms rarely caused by viruses. Treatment usually requires identifying what’s causing them and limiting your exposure to them, which may require a doctor’s care.