How do you know if you suffer from allergies that have turned into something more serious or if you have a common cold?

If you tend to get “colds” that start suddenly and happen at the same time every year, it’s possible that you actually have seasonal allergies. Although colds, Covid-19 and seasonal allergies may share some of the same symptoms, they are very different diseases.

The symptoms of seasonal allergies and the omicron variant can be confusingly similar. (Photo: Getty Images)

Common colds are caused by viruses. Seasonal allergies, however, are immune system responses triggered by exposure to allergens, such as seasonal tree or grass pollens and can make your nose run accompanied by a headache or even trigger a migraine, according to Mayo Clinic.

You can treat a common cold with rest, pain relievers and cold remedies, such as decongestants. A cold often lasts 5-7 days in adults, although some may last as long as two or three weeks and if it runs longer you should see your physician.

Unfortunately, most allergies cannot be cured. This means to live your best life, you need to manage your exposure to allergens and treat symptoms.

You can treat seasonal allergies with antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants. But the key is to try and avoid exposure to allergens where possible. Seasonal allergies may last several weeks and if you start to feel lethargic or you have a general malaise, you may need to be seen by a healthcare provider for possible sinusitis.