Is It a Cold or Allergies?

cold or allergiesIt’s a common reaction: Someone sniffles and one assumes they are contagious. However, this is not always the case. Those suffering from runny nose, congestion, coughing and sneezing may or may not have a cold. They may just be suffering from allergies.

Colds and allergies may have common symptoms, but there are plenty of differences, too. Common colds are contagious and may come from viruses passing through the air after someone coughs or sneezes. They can also spread by hand-to-hand contact or merely a brief touch with an infected person.

Alternatively, allergies originate as a response of an overactive immune system. Allergies occur when someone is sensitive to certain substances. Bodies then release a chemical called histamine to fight off detected invaders. The histamine leads to various symptoms that mimic the common cold. Allergies are not contagious.

Allergies can last for days, weeks, and even months depending on the patient’s severity and environmental factors (pollen count, precipitation, etc.) Comparatively, colds often last just a few days.

You may not always be able to fend off a cold, but there are certainly steps you can take to fend off allergy symptoms. Contact AllergyEasy to learn more about a no-shots, no-hassle approach to treating allergies.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.