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It Could Be an Allergy or a Cold
Though they look the same, colds and allergies result from two different irritants in your body.
Colds can come from viruses that attack your immune system. They may leave you feeling congested and fatigued.
Allergies, , are the immune response your body has to a (usually harmless) trigger, like dust or pollen. For seasonal allergies, your immune response will often leave you with itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose.
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Differences Between Allergies and a Cold
Severe sore or aching throat
Symptoms ease up after seven to 10 days
Symptoms that persist over several weeks
Treating Allergies vs. a Cold
About Primary Care
A bond between doctor and patient can be extremely valuable, and that’s what you get with UPMC Primary Care. When you work with a primary care physician (PCP), you develop a lasting relationship. Your doctor will get to know you and your history and can plan your treatments accordingly. Our PCPs offer a variety of services, including preventive care and treatment for both urgent and chronic conditions. We also operate primary care walk-in centers where you can get treatment without an appointment.