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

Symptoms

Allergy (Airborne)

Cold

Stuffy or runny nose

Sneezing

Wheezing

Itchy eyes

Fever

Aches and pains

Weakness and fatigue

Headache

Cough

Dizziness

Hoarseness

Recur at a certain time of year

Need for antibiotics

Warning time

How long it lasts

Often

Often

Often

Often

Sometimes

Rarely, never

Often

Rarely, never

Never

Often

Never

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sometimes

Often

Sometimes

Often

Sometimes

Often

Sometimes

Often

Often

Rarely

No

No

Symptoms occur after exposure to allergen

Gets worse over several days

As long as your child is exposed to the allergen

Usually three to 14 days