Symptom Check - Is It an Allergy or a Cold?

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

It seems like so many of my family or friends are suffering from allergies or colds these past few weeks. They are self-medicating with Claritin, throat sprays, and cough drops.

However, symptoms sometimes provide an indication about whether it's an allergy or a cold.

If the bug seems to be progressive, rather than having symptoms come at once, it's probably a cold.  

The following table may help you determine what it is you have - Allergies or a cold!

 



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Joe Pryor
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Crazy statistic, since I had radiation for cancer in 2008 I have not had a cold or the flu.

Jan 03, 2017 06:45 PM #3
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Marnie Matarese
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No matter which one, they are both miserable to suffer through. 

Jan 03, 2017 06:49 PM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Joe Pryor - That is fascinating about your not having a cold since radiation in 2008!

Jan 03, 2017 06:58 PM #5
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Nathan Gesner
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This is timely with the kids going back to school. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 03, 2017 08:01 PM #6
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Guess what Myrl Jeffcoat? Even after this great blog post I can't tell what it is 

Jan 03, 2017 09:20 PM #7
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Myrl, thank you for sharing this helpful chart to discern between a cold or allergies.

Jan 03, 2017 09:29 PM #8
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ,

I'm so glad Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900 re-blogged your post..I missed it! I love the  comparison chart and is a good one to follow. We have the worst cedar count this year so "cedar fever" is being experienced by everyone!!

Jan 04, 2017 04:25 AM #9
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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That is a great chart, if people are medicating improperly, it will likely cause more harm than help, haha.  If we take care of our bodies properly, our body will take care of pretty much anything without needing medication, in my opinion.

Jan 04, 2017 06:34 AM #10
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Myrl. I have a cold and it stinks. I take a flu shot but the chart is helpful.

Jan 04, 2017 06:46 AM #11
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
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Myrl,

 Bob still has his cold from Christmas though much, better and I fighting one off geez...Happy New Year!

Jan 04, 2017 12:57 PM #12
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Barbara Flannery Gambrel
USA Realty,Inc. - London, KY
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Great Post! Haven't had a cold or flu this year but with this Kentucky weather 60* Yesterday and 30* tonight Suppose to get 1-3 inches of snow tomorrow!!

I'm sure that will bring a lot of colds and flu

Have a great Week!!!!

Barbara

Jan 04, 2017 01:14 PM #13
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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I'm not sure I would have been able to tell what I had recently based on this chart.  But I took some home remedies and most of the symptoms are gone.  I probably had allergies on top of a cold.

Jan 04, 2017 01:43 PM #14
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Myrl, Thanks for this symptoms checking list.  We have been fighting colds here for several weeks as the cold comes back again! 

Jan 04, 2017 02:29 PM #15
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Based on your chart, I must have an allergy but I am not sure of the cause.

Jan 04, 2017 04:55 PM #16
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I have had a cold and even the doctor told me it would pass in 10 days to two weeks. That doesn't make it any easier to cope with it.

Jan 04, 2017 07:41 PM #17
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Hey what about when your nose starts to run for no reason other than stress? I often think I'm getting a cold and go through a pile of Kleenix but it's stress. I do have allergies to spring pollen in Sacramento. Hello Flonase. I pump that crap for 4 months every year!

Jan 04, 2017 08:36 PM #18
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Patricia Feager
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I've been holding my breath around here. It seems like everywhere I go someone is coughing. I went to my dentist and just before she was through I heard her sniffles and coughing. I really think people need to take your advice and if they are sick stay home!!!

I asked her, do you have a cold and she replied, no I have allergies. I wasn't convinced. 

Jan 05, 2017 08:37 PM #19
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This is great information Myrl. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a healthy winter season.

Jan 06, 2017 04:28 PM #20
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Hi Myrl- I am so glad that Debbie Reynolds reblogged your post.  I have taken my 2 daily nasal sprays, 2 oral inhalers, a netty pot, and now tonight, I've had to turn to my nebulizer. Ugh.  

Jan 06, 2017 08:06 PM #21
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Scott Godzyk
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Having allergies it is a life time battle, cats, dogs, pollen all battling every day. I like the chart Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jan 08, 2017 05:54 AM #22
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