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Is it a Summer Cold or Allergies?

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Are you unsure whether you have a summer cold or allergies? If so, you are not alone. Due to the similarities in symptoms, summer colds and allergy are often confused.

Similar symptoms lead to confusion 6,7

 

Cold

Allergy

Itchy and watery eyes

X

Fever

X

Sore throat

Body aches

X

Eczema

X

Runny nose

Nasal congestion

Coughing

Sneezing

Post nasal drip

Headache

X

 


 

Are Your Symptoms Cold or Allergy Related?

A simple way to determine whether your symptoms are Cold or Allergy related is to ask yourself the following questions:6

Do the symptoms suddenly appear?

  • If symptoms suddenly appear, they are more than likely to be caused by an allergy. When symptoms appear over a day or two the cause is a cold.

How long do the symptoms last?

  • Symptoms of a cold last for a week or two. Allergy symptoms last as long as one is exposed to the triggering allergen.

Do symptoms occur at the same times each year?

  • If symptoms occur at the same time each year, they could be due to seasonal allergies.

Due to regional differences in SA – Gauteng experiences grass season linked to allergy for 10 months of the year.8

In the Western Cape, the allergy season tends to be from September to March.8

Cold or Allergy?

SINUTAB® Cold vs Allergy?

 


 

Our Product Range

For cold symptoms such as cough, try Benylin Wet Cough Range

Speak to your pharmacist about the Benylin range of products.

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