Is it a Cold or Allergies?

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Fall is the beginning of cold season. It’s also when people with allergies to weeds (ragweed, goldenrod, etc.) tend to have the worst symptoms. So, how do you know if you are coming down with a cold or if you have allergies?

This chart from WebMD does a great job of breaking down the common symptoms associated with colds and allergies. Even if you are not sure what is causing your symptoms, there are many natural remedies that can be helpful for both conditions. A neti pot can help with a stuffy and runny nose, and also helps by physically rinsing out the allergen or virus. Vitamin C has also been used to treat both colds and allergies.

In Chinese medicine, there are often similar treatments for both colds and allergies. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can both provide relief.

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