• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Is it a cold — or spring allergies?

March 30, 2018

a young woman outside on a bright spring day, sneezing or blowing her nose into a tissueCold or allergy: Which is it? 
If you tend to get colds that develop suddenly and occur at the same time every year, it's possible that what you're experiencing is seasonal allergies. Although colds and seasonal allergies share some of the same symptoms, they are very different diseases. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert.

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