Often during this time of year, we all start to feel congested and watery eyed and find ourselves wondering…is it the cold or flu? In this video Dr. Oz and a guest named Courtney, explore the signs and symptoms of a cold vs. allergies to determine what you have!
Here are 4 telltale ways to decide if you have a cold or an allergy.
Clue 1: Irritation inside of the nose
The healthy color inside the nose is pink,
A pale blue coloring usually indicates allergies
A red more irritated nose means you most likely have a cold
Clue 2: Type of Mucus
Clear and flow-y is typical of allergies, while a thick and yellow-ish consistency is usually brought on by a cold.
Clue 3: The Type of Sneeze
Allergies usually produce rapid, frequent sneezing patterns, while
Infrequent, stronger sneezes are more of a cold symptom
Clue 4: Time- How long have your symptoms lasted?
For a cold, Symptoms can last 2-10 days, whereas allergy symptoms can last weeks or even longer if not treated.