Colds and allergies share many symptoms, how do you know the
Coughing, runny nose and sneezing are signs of
either a cold or allergies. However, when
yellow mucous is accompanied with these symptoms, you may have a cold. Typically, an allergy is accompanied by a
Itchy, runny nose as well as itchy, watery eyes
are a good indication that you have allergies.
Generally, a cold doesn’t cause that itchy sensation.
Wheezing and shortness of breath can be signs of
either a cold or an allergy. This is
true in the case of asthma where it is allergy related.
Colds and flu are caused by viruses therefore
antibiotics don’t work against them.
Antibiotics are anti-bacterial.
Allergies will persist for as long as you are
exposed to the allergen or what’s causing them.
If the allergy is caused by something seasonal, such as pollen, then
your symptoms should dissipate when the pollen goes away.
Colds are more common in winter, however, you
can get one almost any time of the year.
Seasonal allergies are more common in the spring.
Building the immune system helps fight against colds and in
many cases against allergies. In order
to build the immune system, it is important to eat a diet that is high on whole
food and very low on processed foods.
Whole food means real food - food that is grown from the ground and not
By rounding your plate with plentiful amounts of colourful
fruits and veggies as well as whole grains, poultry, fish, beans and legumes
and some meat, you are building the immune system and helping it to fight off
colds and help to lessen the effects of allergies.
Probiotics are also important in building the immune
system. Recent research shows that good
gut bacteria is an important ingredient in supporting the immune system.
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