• Consumer Health: Is your usual spring cold actually spring allergies?

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 conditions. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, an emeritus Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist.


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