How can I tell if it's allergies or a cold?

Amy - posted on 06/08/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 15 moth olf has had a runny nose for 2 weeks now! I've been thinking it's a cold, bt there aren't any other symptoms. We live in a high pollen area, could it be allergies?

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Anna - posted on 06/11/2009

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I agree w/ the other posts, great advice ladies! I just wanted to add that my son has allergies and also gets puffy eyes and "allergic shiners" it looks a little black/blue under his eyes and puffy. Your pedi can give you more info. My ds seasonal allergies usually only last about 3mths in the summer. He takes zyrtec, but he's 3. The pedi can prescribe something for younger children. I can't remember what he was on at age 1. Good Luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/09/2009

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I agree with Tara. A cold shouldn't last much longer than a week, aswell. There is a new product available that you can put under the nose to help block allergens. But I would talk to the Doc and see if you can give her anything. The last thing you want is for the allergies to get worse causing sinus problems. I know if I don't do something about mine, they play quite a number on my sinuses

Amy - posted on 06/08/2009

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awesome! thanks! dangit, it's super clear and really runny, I was hoping she doesn't have allergies :(

Tara - posted on 06/08/2009

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Yes, it definitely could be allergies. One of the easiest ways to tell the difference is if the mucus is clear and runny all the time versus yellow/green and thicker. If it is clear and runny it is often allergies, and if it is a little thicker and yellow/green or even just clear and thick, it is often a cold. That's how I tell for myself and my daughter if it's allergies over a cold, and that's what my pediatrician said to look for, so it's working for us :)

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