Is it Allergies or a Cold? - Claratyne®

Is it Allergies or a Cold?

It’s winter and cold season is in full swing. But since colds and allergies share many of the same symptoms, it can be hard to tell if you’re coming down with something or suffering from allergies. Here are ways to help tell some of the differences between allergies and a cold, so you can find the right relief for your symptoms.

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What Are Allergies?

If you have allergies, your immune systemX immune system
The body’s defense system that protects us against infections and foreign substances.
mistakes a substance that is ordinarily harmless to most people as a threat and goes into defence mode. These substances, that can come from sources like pollenX pollen
Microscopic grains discharged from the male parts of a plant when it flowers. These need to be carried to the female parts of the plant, in order to reproduce. Pollen grains are typically spread by birds, bees or wind. Pollen is the major cause of hayfever – particularly in hot, dry and windy…
, pet dander, mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
and dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibres of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
are called allergens. Your allergies are not contagious.

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What is a Cold?

A cold happens when a virus makes its way into your body. Your immune systemX immune system
The body’s defense system that protects us against infections and foreign substances.
responds to this foreign invader by attacking the virus. Some of the cold symptoms, like runny nose and nasal congestion, can feel a lot like allergies so it can be hard to tell the difference. A cold is contagious. You can catch it when someone with a cold sneezes, coughs or touches you.

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Typical Characteristics of Allergies vs. a Cold
 

Typical Characteristics of Allergies vs. a Cold
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Learn Some of the Differences Between Allergies and a Cold

While colds and allergies can have similar symptoms, here are some questions to help you tell if you need to reach for a Claratyne® product or curl up with a bowl of chicken noodle soup and binge watch your favourite shows:

1. How quickly did your symptoms strike?

AllergyX Allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms tend to hit all at once when you come into contact with an allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction. Common allergens include dust mites, pollens from grasses, weeds and tress, animal dander and mould spores.
. Symptoms of a cold usually appear one at a time and develop slowly over a few days.

2. How long have you had symptoms?

Colds typically run their course within 3-14 days. Allergy symptoms can last weeks or months, and will be present as long as you are exposed to the allergen. If your cold symptoms last longer than two weeks, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

3. Do you have body aches and pains?

Colds may come with slight body aches and pains. Allergies are not usually associated with body aches and pains.

4. What time of year is it?

Colds are more common during the winter months, but could also occur any time of the year. Indoor allergiesX Indoor allergies
Characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) commonly found indoors, such as mould spores, pet dander, cockroaches or dust mites (also called perennial allergies). Indoor allergies tend to last longer than allergies caused by exposure to outdoor…
can happen year-round and outdoor seasonal allergiesX seasonal allergies
A chronic disease characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens commonly found outside, such as tree, grass, or weed pollens, or mould spores. Also called hay fever, outdoor allergies.
are more common in the spring through autumn when pollenX pollen
Microscopic grains discharged from the male parts of a plant when it flowers. These need to be carried to the female parts of the plant, in order to reproduce. Pollen grains are typically spread by birds, bees or wind. Pollen is the major cause of hayfever – particularly in hot, dry and windy…
counts are high.

Its important to always practice good hygiene with frequent, thorough hand-washing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. It’s the most common way that cold viruses get into your system.

Protect others and stay at home if you're unwell. If you're experiencing cold or flu like symptoms stay home and speak to your doctor.

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