Flu vs. allergies: What are you feeling?


Winter has come and gone, but many of us are still dealing with runny noses, coughing and sneezing. That’s because April is a month of great overlap. 

April marks the end of flu season and the beginning of allergy season. This has caused some people to be confused as to whether or not they have allergies or the flu. 

Dr. Glenn Freedman of MedExpress explains. “When you have allergies, you have symptoms but you don’t have that general sense of feeling ill,” said Dr. Freedman. “Allergies can range from mild like a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, some degree of cough but people just don’t feel sick.”

Now here are some ways in which you can tell whether or not you may have allergies or the flu. 

Itchy eyes and sneezing likely indicate that you’re dealing with allergies. However, if you have a fever, you probably have a cold or flu. 

Allergies don’t typically lead to a fever. And if you’re coughing, it could be from either allergies or the flu. 

The best way to find out is by seeing a doctor who can let you know what you’re dealing with. 

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