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Hay Fever Versus Colds

You can distinguish symptoms of hay fever from those of a cold, because a cold tends to be short-lived, results in thicker nasal secretions, and is usually associated with sore throat, hoarseness, fatigue, and fever.
The following table explains typical differences between hay fever and a cold.
Hay Fever
Running or stuffy nose, sneezing, wheezing, itchy and watery eyes
Fever, aches and pains, stuffed nose, sneezing, and watery eyes
Warning Time
Symptoms begin right away
Symptoms usually take a few days to start
Symptoms last as long as you are around the allergen
Symptoms often go away within a week
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