Separating symptoms is critical to getting the right treatment.
Allergies usually start with sneezing and itching, while a virus hits quickly, often with a fever.
"Respiratory viruses, like that one, will usually spread through families; spread through employment areas very rapidly. A sign it's more contagious and infectious," said Woods.
This can even be difficult for a person's healthcare provider; what is actually an allergy or a viral reaction.
For more information about how to distinguish a cold from an allergy, read AAFA's blog article, .
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