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Is It Allergies or Is It a Cold? – Healthy Speaker Series Recap

April’s Healthy Living Program Series, “Is It Allergies or Is It a Cold?” was presented by Autumn Ferringer, Wesbury’s Assistant Director of Nursing.  Autumn’s presentation covered the differences between allergies vs. colds, and gave helpful tips for allergy sufferers. The Spring and Fall are when most people see their allergies flair up due to pollen, budding trees, moisture and mold.

So what are the differences between allergies and a cold?

Allergies do not have a fever, are a quick onset, and are not contagious. Have you been around a cat or dog, a wooded area or fresh cut grass? These could cause a quick onset of symptoms such as sneezing, itchy or water eyes due to the environment.

Colds have a gradual onset, are contagious and can cause individuals to have a fever or body aches.

Helpful tips if you suffer from Allergies:
  • Stay inside on hot, windy, dry days and away from wooded areas – go out in the late afternoon or evenings when pollen is low. If you are out during the day wear a hat and sunglasses to stop pollen from entering your eyes.
  • When pollen counts are high keep the doors and windows closed to your home.
  • If eyes and throat are irritated use a cool compress on the eyes, and throat lozenges to sooth those areas.
  • Remove clothing you’ve worn outside and shower to get rid of pollen residue.
  • Use a neti pot salt-water rinse to clear pollen particles from your nasal passageways.
  • Check your local news or weather station to see when pollen counts are high and take preventative measures.

Note: Please see your doctor with any health concerns or questions regarding treatment. 

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