Spring is in full swing. Trees and shrubs are blooming and grass is growing, and so are all of the allergens that can ruin your day.  But is it seasonal allergies or the common cold? Rapps, your local pharmacy expert, provides some helpful spring tips:

Around this time of year, people are prone to deal with both the common cold and seasonal allergies. Although the two share many common symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion, there are a few distinctions between these illnesses. Colds are more likely to cause fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat and fever. On the other hand, allergies are more likely to cause itchy eyes, wheezing, and skin rashes.

The common cold is caused by a virus. The earliest symptoms of the cold are typically sore throat and runny nose followed by coughing and sneezing. Most people recover within 7-10 days. However, people with weakened immune systems, asthma, or respiratory conditions may develop serious illness, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

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Allergies occur when your immune system has an adverse reaction to certain substances. Common triggers include dust mites, pollen, mold, and certain foods. Allergies won’t go away unless they are treated or if the trigger is removed. Seasonal allergies tend to cause symptoms two or three weeks at a time and during specific times of the year.

Antibiotics will not help you recover from a cold caused by virus. They do not work against viruses, and they may make it harder for your body to fight future bacterial infections if you take them unnecessarily. Although there is no cure for the common cold, there are many remedies to help treat the symptoms caused by the illness. To feel better, you should get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Take lozenges, gargle with salt water, and drink warm beverages to help relieve sore throat and cough. Taking acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen can also help relieve pain and fever caused by the common cold, although caution should be taken when treating children. Decongestants such as Sudafed and Afrin can help relieve sinus pain and runny nose. Talk to your pharmacist about what products can help treat your symptoms the best.

SOURCE: Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Talk to the pharmacists at Rapps about the right medicine for you and your family. In addition to a wide variety of allergy and cold medications, Rapps offers customized pill packs and free home prescription delivery to customers. 

Visit them on the web at: www.rappspharmacy.com or in person and mention TAPinto Plainfield.

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