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The change of seasons is a confusing time for your poor sinuses. The leaves changing colors can mean different allergens irritating your sinuses, but they also mean a change in temperature, which can trigger a cold. When you wake up with that itchy throat, stuffy nose, and incessant sneezing, it’s hard to know if it’s your allergies or a cold. But it is important to know which one it is, because the medications for each of these—respectively—do very different things to your body. If you’re taking the wrong one, you won’t feel any better, and you may just wind up putting up with unpleasant side effects for no reason. You also need to adjust your activity levels, and how you spend your time, differently depending on if you have a cold or allergies. You may still hit the gym thinking you have allergies, when you have a cold, and make matters worse. Here are the differences between colds and allergies.

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Colds make you sleepy

Colds cause a lot of fatigue. Allergies might make you feel foggy in the morning, but that should clear up by the time you get ready for the day. Meanwhile, colds make it feel impossible to do a simple task like walking the dog.

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