In order to correctly protect or treat yourself when the sniffles begin it is critical to be able to distinguish between an allergy attack and the common cold so it is important to pay attention to your symptoms.
With a cold, you're likely to wake up one day with a sore, painful throat, while with allergies you'll feel more of an itch rather than real soreness. Colds progress more slowly whereas allergies can pop up almost instantly after an evening of outside exposure. With allergies, there's usually no change in your symptoms throughout their duration, and a sore throat, a cough and a case of nasal congestion all hit at once.
From the middle of August to the first hard frost in October, people with allergies should take some at-home steps to soothe symptoms: change your clothes when you get home, and shower at night to keep off of you any pollen that's accumulated throughout the day.
Nasal saline rinses can help get pollen out of your nose. Experts say there are other things that can be done to make your home more pollen-free such as keeping your windows shut on windy days, and running the air conditioning to help keep out external allergens.
A lot of times people misdiagnose themselves and buy one medication to treat themselves when they're suffering from something else. If you're not sure if it's allergies or the common cold causing you discomfort the best course of action is to see a doctor so the correct medication can be prescribed.