A cold and allergies can sometimes be difficult to tell apart, and that’s because both involve your body’s immune system fighting a foreign invader. In the case of a cold, that invader is a virus, while in the case of allergies, this could be anything from pollen to pet dander. So, how can you tell them apart? First, pay attention to your symptoms. While a cold and allergies can both involve stuffy nose and sneezing, allergies also include red and itchy eyes, while a cold can involve a fever, body aches and general fatigue. The duration of both is different as well; while a cold can last up to ten days, allergies will linger as long as the trigger is around you, meaning it could be weeks or months.
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