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Hayfever or cold? Here’s what that sneeze could mean

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Got the sniffles or sneezes? Sometimes it’s difficult to know whether you’re suffering from hayfever or a cold. This table will help you identify what your symptoms mean.

Symptoms

Hayfever

Cold

Nasal discharge

Clear

Thick and cloudy

Sneezing

Yes

Yes

Nasal itching

Yes

No

Itchy, sore or red eyes

Yes

No

Duration

Varies depending on exposure to allergen

4-7 days

Onset

Rapid

Gradual

Frequency

Varies depending on exposure to allergen

Varies – but more common during winter months

 

If it’s hayfever you have, there are a number of options available to treat and ease symptoms. Not all hayfever sufferers have the same symptoms – while some may frequently sneeze and have an itchy nose, others may have a runny nose and itchy eyes, so it’s important to talk to your Unichem Pharmacist about your individual symptoms.