Comparing Pollen Allergy and the Common Cold

Pollen Allergy Versus Colds

You can distinguish pollen allergy symptoms from a cold because a cold tends to be short-lived, results in thicker nasal secretions, and is usually associated with sore throat, hoarseness, malaise, and fever.
Below are some other differences between pollen allergy and the common cold:
Pollen Allergy
Signs can include running or stuffed nose, sneezing, wheezing, and itchy and watery eyes.
Signs can include 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 should clear up within a week.
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