Some western Massachusetts residents are confusing allergy symptoms with the common cold.
There are many similarities in the symptoms for cold and allergies, but the major difference is time.
American Family Care Physicians Assistant Jessica Batchelder told 22News that your allergies can come and go over the years, so she’s seen an uptick in patients thinking they’re coming in for treatment for a cold when really it’s something else.
“It seems over the past couple of years it’s been getting worse because we haven’t had very cold winters,” said Batchelder. “So people who never really had allergies symptoms now seem to be getting allergy symptoms.”
Batchelder said allergy symptoms come and go when the weather changes. You could experience a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and a sore throat. Pay attention to whether those symptoms worsen when you go outside.
The difference is the common cold symptoms of congestion and coughing should start to clear after a couple of days.
So the next time you feel sniffly and sneezy, don’t automatically assume it’s a cold, even if you’ve never had spring allergies before.