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I feel like I’ve had a persistent cold for weeks and I’m wondering if I may be developing allergies. I’m 35 years old. Is this possible? How can I tell the difference between a cold and allergies?
It is possible to develop allergies at any age. In fact, because repeated exposure to substances can prompt an allergic reaction, you are more likely to develop allergies as you get older. Sp... read more
It is possible to develop allergies at any age. In fact, because repeated exposure to substances can prompt an allergic reaction, you are more likely to develop allergies as you get older. Spring is an especially active time for allergies. As temperatures rise, plants and trees release pollen into the air wreaking havoc on people who suffer from plant allergies, also known as hay fever. Below are a few ways to determine if your sniffling might be caused by seasonal allergies.
Symptoms kicked in fast; a cold will take days.
Symptoms last longer than a week.
You don’t have fever or body aches.
Your nose is runny and clear; mucus caused by a cold will be yellow.
If you have allergies, you can alleviate the symptoms by staying indoors during times when pollen counts are highest, usually early and late in the day. You can also help to prevent allergy symptoms by keeping your windows closed and avoiding outdoor chores, such as mowing the lawn. If you must do yard work, wear a mask that filters pollen, and try using an over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medication.