Cincinnati Children's Blog

Is It a Cold or Allergies?

When a child coughs, sneezes and has a runny nose, it can be difficult to tell whether it’s a cold or allergies. There is a way to tell the difference, according to Dr. Michelle Lierl, a pediatric allergist at Cincinnati Children’s.

“Children who have springtime or fall allergies have much more itching of their noses; they often have fits of sneezing and usually rub their noses in an upward motion. They also complain about an itchy, scratchy throat or itchy eyes, whereas with a cold, they don’t.” Dr. Lierl explained in a story by CBS News. To read more, visit the CBS News website.

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