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How can I tell if I have a cold or seasonal allergies?

To tell if you have a cold or seasonal allergies, consider the following:
  • A seasonal allergy occurs only during a particular time of the year.
  • Seasonal allergy symptoms will continue until the pollen season is over.
  • Perennial or year-round allergy symptoms can occur; a cold should subside in about two weeks.
  • Colds often are associated with fever, sore throat and swollen glands.

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