How officials say you tell what’s seasonal allergies and other illnesses

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – It’s officially Spring but with flower buds and blooming trees, many people face the dreaded seasonal allergies that can come along with the changing weather.

Seasonal allergies and other stickiness are common this time of year. However, the difference can be hard to decipher as symptoms are similar, but best actions and treatments vary.

The CDC says 25.7% of adults dealt with seasonal allergies last year.

Seasonal allergies last as long as the allergens, like pollen, are present. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says symptoms include a stuffy, runny nose; and itchy, watery eyes, and can be treated with antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal steroids.

Allergists here in the East tell WITN that they see an influx of patients around this time of year. They say it’s best to be proactive if you know you’ve been affected by allergies in the past and that the best way to do so is to contact your doctor.

DHHS says allergy, flu, and cold symptoms can all consist of coughing, sore throat, and a runny nose, making breathing challenging.

Human Health Services says that a cold typically lasts up to 2 weeks and can be treated with rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicines.

Meanwhile, officials say flu symptoms usually last 1-2 weeks, with a high fever of 100-102, headache, aches and pains, weakness, exhaustion, cough, and chest discomfort. The flu can be treated with rest, fluids, over-the-counter medicines, and prescription antiviral drugs.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that nearly 81 million people in 2021 dealt with seasonal allergies.