Spring allergies or flu: How to tell the difference


Is it just pollen, or is it more that’s making you sneeze and feel miserable? With these tips and tricks, you will easily understand what you are dealing with and how to treat the symptoms accordingly: 

Allergies or a cold?  

  • Allergies rarely cause fever, while colds and flu often do. 
  • Cold symptoms might include a sore throat and body aches, which are less common with allergies. 
  • If the symptoms persist for weeks without improvement, it’s probably allergies, as cold symptoms are usually resolved within a week or so. 


Is it hay fever or something else?

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is one of the most common forms of spring allergies and include the following symptoms:

  • Frequent sneezing 
  • A runny or stuffy nose 
  • Itchy throat 
  • Watery, red eyes


How to manage itchy eyes?

Eye allergies can be particularly annoying during the spring when pollen counts are high.

Symptoms: Allergic conjunctivitis often causes itching, redness, and excessive tearing in the eyes. 

Avoid: It may be counterintuitive, but to manage eye allergies, avoid rubbing your eyes. 

Try this: Use eye drops to keep them hydrated, and consider wearing sunglasses when outdoors to reduce pollen exposure.


Pollen predicament

Pollen plays a significant role as a major spring allergen. 

Try this: 

  • Keep windows closed during peak pollen times. 
  • Use air purifiers indoors. 
  • Wash your clothes and hair after spending time outdoors. 
  • If you enjoy gardening, consider wearing a mask to reduce inhalation of pollen.

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