Spring is just around the corner, but don’t be surprised to see winter weather — and viruses — linger a little longer. So what’s behind your stuffy nose: Spring allergies or a cold?
The two miseries share symptoms despite their different causes. But there are clues that can help you find the source of your spring sniffles and choose the right remedy.
“A cold can be accompanied by low-grade fever, sore throat and a cough, whereas allergies usually don’t have those things,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. “You might have a little bit of sore throat with allergies, but it’s mostly runny nose and red, itchy eyes.”
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