In the early spring months, both colds and allergies can be very prominent which can make it difficult to determine which you may be experiencing. Allergy symptoms are the cause of an immune system over-reaction while a cold is the result of a virus. We want to help you and give you some characteristics of each to figure out which you are experiencing.

A cold typically lasts anywhere from three to fourteen days. Allergies last as long as the allergen is around, which could be a day or months. Colds are common in winter months but you can catch a cold any time in the year. Allergies occur during the time that the allergen is around. For most, this is spring and summer, but could be year-round.

Symptoms of a cold usually onset around two to three days after the virus. Allergy symptoms occur almost immediately. There is slight variation in symptoms. Allergies are accompanies by an occasional cough, itchy watery eyes, and a runny or stuffy nose. Mucus during allergies is typically clear. Cold symptoms include a cough, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, and a runny or stuffy nose. Mucus is typically yellow in colds. You may also experience itchy watery eyes or a fever. Allergies will never come with a fever or aches.

If you can’t determine if you have allergies or a cold or just need treatment for either, visit AFC Urgent Care in Malden MA. We are a walk in urgent care center. Our staff of physicians can determine your diagnosis and treat you for such. Visit us today at 219 Centre St in Malden MA or call 781-322-7300.