Allergies, Colds Part Of Changing Seasons
Posted October 27, 2003 4:27 a.m. EST
DURHAM, N.C. — With the changing leaves and cooler temperatures, it is no wonder fall is a favorite time for many people. But with the first burst of cold weather often comes coughs, sniffles and runny noses.
What some might think is allergies could also be a cold or a sinus infection. Experts said telling the difference can be tough.
While many of the symptoms are the same, there are subtle differences. All can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications.
"When your problem persists and it doesn't get any better, it's important to talk with somebody," said Dr. Angela Davis-Allen, a Duke allergist.
Even though fall allergies will be gone after the first frost, cold and sinus season is just beginning.
When buying over-the-counter medications, experts suggest getting one that contains medicine for only the symptoms you have so you are not taking medicine you do not need.
Chronic sinus infections can be a sign of bigger problems, and should be checked by a doctor.