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Cold vs. Allergy: How Do I Know the Difference?


Stuffy or runny nose

Often Often


Often Often

Itchy eyes

Often Rarely, never


Never Often

Aches and pains

Never Sometimes


Sometimes Often


Sometimes Often


Sometimes Often


Sometimes Often
Recur at a certain time of year Often Rarely
Need for antibiotics No No
Warning time Symptoms occur after exposure to allergen Gets worse over several days
How long it lasts As long as your child is exposed to the allergen Usually three to 14 days

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