Cold Vs. Allergies - How To Spot The Difference

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Greensboro, NC - Your nose runs, your eyes are red and itchy, your throat hurts, but how do you know if you have a cold or if you have allergies?

Wednesday on the Good Morning Show, we asked Dr. Chan Badger from Northern Family Medicine in Greensboro for quick ways to spot the difference.

Dr. Chan says the symptoms of a cold are similar to those in allergies, but Chan says it's all in the eyes.  "One of the things I usually use to differentiate between the two is eye symptoms.  With allergies it's much more frequent.  Itchy, watery eyes a lot of drainage from the eyes.  And that's what i use to help differentiate."

With the mild winter and early spring, Dr. Chan says we're seeing more pollens, earlier this year.  If you're experiencing problems, see your physician right away.  For serious cases, your doctor might recommend you to an allergist.

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