Everybody seems to be sniffing and coughing these days. Summer colds can make you feel rotten indeed. But, if you tend to get a cold every spring and at the end of summer (Fall allergy season), you may be dealing with seasonal allergies instead. Both make you miserable and have a lot of the same symptoms, but they are very different issues.Colds are caused by viruses, while seasonal allergies are immune responses triggered by exposure to an allergen. The treatment for a cold may include rest, pain relievers and over the counter cold remedies. The treatment of seasonal allergies includes over the counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants and the avoidance of exposure to allergens when possible.
So how do you know which you have? Below is a symptom checklist to help you decide which condition you are dealing with.
Symptoms Cold Allergy
Cough Usually Sometimes
General aches and pains Sometimes Never
Fatigue Sometimes Sometimes
Itchy Eyes Rarely Usually
Sneezing Usually Usually
Sore Throat Usually Sometimes
Runny Nose Usually Usually
Stuffy Nose Usually Usually
Fever Rarely Never
Dealing with allergies can be very frustrating and avoiding allergen exposure is difficult. It’s not as simple as staying inside during days with high allergy counts, because they air inside our homes is up to 5 times more contaminated than the outside air. If you have pets living in your home, their dander and hair only makes matters worse; not to mention dust and dust mites.
A simple method for reducing allergens inside your home is using a high quality air filter and remebering to change it often. A better solution is an Indoor Air Quality System from MTB Heating and Air. Our system filters out small particles, removes toxins and improves ventilation while controlling humidity. Humidity control helps to eliminate mold and mildew which are common allergens for many people.
With an Indoor Air Quality System, your home will feel cleaner and smell fresher. But most importantly, it will help provide you with relief from allergy symptoms. For more information on all of MTB Heating and Air’s Whole Home Comfort products, give us a call today.
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