Is It Allergies or a Cold?

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Is It Allergies or a Cold? Know the Difference for Best Treatment


Is It Allergies or a Cold?

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Are you constantly sneezing, experiencing a runny nose, or feeling congested? While these symptoms could indicate allergies or a common cold, knowing the difference between the two can be challenging. Allergies and colds share similar symptoms, but the causes and treatments vary significantly.


When your immune system reacts to substances it perceives as harmful, you experience an allergic reaction. Common allergens include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and certain foods. When exposed to these allergens, your body releases histamines, which trigger various symptoms. Thankfully allergies are not contagious.

The Common Cold

On the other hand, a virus causes the common cold. Rhinoviruses are the most common culprits, although other viruses can also trigger cold symptoms. Unlike allergies, colds are highly contagious and can be transmitted through airborne droplets or by touching infected surfaces.


Since a virus causes the common cold, antibiotics can’t be used to treat it. Instead, most colds have to run their course, and your provider can suggest over-the-counter meds to help ease your symptoms. If an underlying condition, like allergies, cause your symptoms, the provider can diagnose and treat it. Sometimes a prescription is needed for medications such as steroids or strong cough suppressants.

Worried it might be COVID?

How can you tell the difference between a cold, allergies, and COVID? For more information, click here.

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Do you provide urgent care for allergies or colds?

Yes, we do! We have convenient locations to serve you in Laredo, TX. You can find direction on our directions page. Our clinic is open 7 days a week, Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm, so you can come see us whenever you have any symptoms. We’re a family clinic too, so you’re welcome to bring your children or an elderly parent in for treatment.

We look forward to meeting you here at Doc-Aid Urgent Care!

DOC-AID is currently offering self-pay visits for just $75 providing you with affordable access to our healthcare services at an affordable cost, without compromising on the quality of care you deserve. Act now and schedule your appointment with DOC-AID today!

Urgent Care Q&A for Common Cold