Is Your Child Having Cold or Allergic Rhinitis : 8 Differences Between Colds and Allergy

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Know the Difference between colds and allergy
Your child is having runny nose, constant sneezing, nasal congestion and occasional cough. Now you begin to think, whether he is having the common cold or allergy? It is often difficult to tell right away, even for doctors, but I have listed in this post, 8 ways to tell the difference between  colds and allergy.
First things first, I would like you to read on the definition and clinical manifestations of the common cold and allergic rhinitis. You can just click on the link if you want to be more familiar with these two somewhat similar disorder.
The symptoms of both respiratory disorder are the same thus it is often mistakenly diagnosed interchangeably. Colds and allergy both occurs in seasons too which makes the diagnosis more challenging.
8  Differences Between Colds and Allergy
  1. The symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing, nasal discharge and excessive tearing often occurs in the morning, after waking up and at night time in allergy. In a child with colds, the manifestations occurs all throughout the day.
  2. A strong family history of asthma, eczema or allergy is often present in a child with allergy while this does not hold any significance in a child with the common cold.
  3. Conjunctival irritation and itchiness and sneezing is more manifested by a child with allergic rhinitis.
  4. Constitutional symptoms like fever, cough, body aches are common in kids with common colds but is not seen in a child with allergic rhinitis.
  5. The removal of the possible offending allergen such as dusts and avoidance of pets such as cats or dogs can alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
  6. Children who have been long suffering from allergic rhinitis have the characteristic nasal crease caused by frequent rubbing of the nose even in their sleep. It is called the “allergic salute”. This is not found in a child with the common cold.
  7. The common cold is self limiting, it is caused by a virus so you expect the symptoms to be gone in 7 days, however, an allergy could be present all throughout the season, and occurs in specific time of the day.
  8. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis can be relieved by anti-allergy drugs like anti-histamines and nasal sprays while a child with a common cold does not respond to this medications.

I hope you find these points handy in figuring out whether your little one is suffering from a viral infection or an allergy. Although both of these disease are relatively benign, as a parent, it is always hear t breaking to see our child suffering from the discomfort. It is best to consult your pediatrician first before giving any medication to your child.

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