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Are my symptoms from an allergy or a cold?

Posted by admin on Mon, Apr 19, 2010

Barbara Solomon MD

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Did you know that this year there is a much higher pollen count than previous  years due to the very cold winter that we have just experienced?

Most people know that a stuffy nose, cough, or headache can be caused by a cold.  But did you know that a stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, headache and burning of the nose can be caused by allergy? 

Other Symptoms that May be Allergies

Seasonal allergies and other allergies can cause symptoms elsewhere in your body like joint pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, fatigue, depression, and difficulty with concentration. 

Allergy can affect any area of your body and is especially uncomfortable if it affects several areas at once.

How do you tell a cold from allergy? The symptoms are much the same. With a cold the mucous discharge may be thicker, more yellow in appearance due to increase white blood cells needed to fight infection. With allergy symptoms the discharge may be more profuse, runnier, in order to attempt to wash the pollen or other allergy from the nasal mucous membranes or throat.

Allergies cause inflammation that can locate in any area of the body. Pollens may enter the nose, or through post nasal drainage be swallowed and go into the intestine or into the body's many crevices, and thereby create inflammation in the most unusual places thought to be inaccessible to the outside of the body.

There are pain free methods of allergy testing and treatment that are non-invasive and effective. My patients are so pleased to find the root cause of their problems and have their allergy symptoms reduced or eliminated.


Dr. Barbara Solomon is an integrative doctor at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medicine and dental center serving the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia metropolitan area. She specializes in allergy testing and treatment and environmental medicine. 


Topics: allergies, integrative health