Cold is being caused by contagious viruses picked up from someone’s infected sneezes, coughs, sneezes and shake hands with you. Whereas, allergies are being caused by overactive immune system affected by harmless things such as dust or pollen and germs that attacks them.
Cold lasts for 3-14 days, happens usually in winters (possibly at any time) whereas takes a longer period of time that is from days to months, happens any time of the year.
The most important difference is that cold usually don’t last longer than 14 days. Therefore, it is advised to consult your doctor if you still have symptoms after 2 weeks. These may be allergic symptoms or signs of some another problem, that might be serious.
How can you get rid of allergies?
The first and the foremost solution is to drink clean water on regular basis. Restrict yourself by eating only home cooked items and try to avoid sour food items which includes fruits as well. Avoid scented cosmetics, air fresheners, strong sprays, etc. The most important is to keep your home and workplace very clean- dust free.
Doctor’s Advise- People should opt for hypoallergenic mattresses and pillows which are widely available.
How can you get rid of common cold?
You should drink plenty of warm fluids like non- caffeinated tea, vegetable and chicken broth, warm water, etc. but try to avoid alcohol during those nose blockage 2-4 days. Steam baths are a must, it works a savior for the patients. You can try oil pulling as it helps to remove germs and bacteria from your mouth.
Doctor’s Advise- Blowing your nose correctly is necessary. Doctors recommend that you should blow by holding a finger over one nostril and gently blowing the other into a tissue.
Treatment for allergies and common cold
In severe cases, the patient might prescribe a decongestant to help alleviate sinus congestion from allergy symptoms. Decongestants are sold under the brand names Sudafed, Mucinex, and Claritin-D.
Doctors prescribed to have cough syrups, decongestant sprays, pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) multi-symptom cold relief medicines (such as DayQuil).
Knowing the difference between the cold and allergy will definitely help you out to obtain the right treatment.