It’s allergy season. Many of you who suffer fromÂ allergies already know that. Others of you may think that you just have a summer cold. Although theÂ symptoms areÂ similar, there are some subtle differences that help distinguish between the two.
Colds are caused by viruses (usually a Rhinovirus) Â and of course, those are short lived. Â They do not respond to antibiotics and it is best to just take an over the counter cough and cold remedy and wait it out. Or see your physicianÂ so we can make an extra payment on that boat we are trying to purchase.Â Colds usuallyÂ last no more than a week or so. Unlike allergies, colds are usually accompanied by other symptoms such as body aches, sinusitis symptoms, and fatigue.
Allergies on the other hand last much longer. If you have had a cold for more than a week, perhaps you have allergies–even if you can say, “I never have had allergies before.” Which is what almost everyone says, and itÂ may beÂ true, Â but no reason to not have them now. We tend to develope them over time.
I give an allergy shot in my office that lasts about three months. Ask your physician for the same. Although there are over the counter medications that may help, these usually don’t. And if you have pets, feed the cat to the dog and then sell the dog. Your allergies may get much better.