Cold and allergy season is here, but it can often feel never-ending. It’s not always easy to figure out whether your symptoms belong to an allergy or the common cold, but a few clues can help you tell the two apart.

An allergic reaction is a specific response of the body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance called an allergen. Environmental allergens include pollen from trees, weeds, and grasses as well as mold and dust. The rhinovirus, cause of the common cold, results in runny noses and may trigger asthma attacks in the fall and spring. Here are some common symptoms for colds and allergies:

It’s always best to seek a medical consult for a diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Talk to your Meijer pharmacist or doctor to find out which medications are right for you.

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