What is the difference between a cold and hay fever?

Hay Fever and the common cold have a lot of overlapping symptoms. That is why it can be difficult to tell the difference between a common cold and hay fever.

Sneezing, runny noses, congestion, and sinus pain is symptoms common to both the cold and hay fever. Also, tiredness, headaches, and difficulty concentrating are symptoms that exist in both the common cold and hay fever. This is why some people can easily get confused.

However, there are a number of differences to look out for to determine whether you have a cold or hayfever.

1. One is a virus and the other is an allergy

The main difference is the cold is a virus whereas hayfever is an allergy to pollen. You can get an allergic reaction as an adult even if you haven’t had one as a kid.

2. Itchiness

There is one manifestation of pollen allergies that is never caused by colds and that is itchiness. This can occur in the throat, nose, and eyes.

3. Duration

A major difference between a cold and hay fever is the duration of the symptoms. For a common cold, symptoms can last up to 14 days at the most whereas hay fever symptoms last as long as the person is exposed to pollen.

4. Nasal discharge

As disgusting as it sounds another major difference between the two is the colour of nasal discharge. As the common cold is a virus, nasal discharge can be a yellow or greenish colour. Whereas hayfever is more of a clean discharge.

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