Cold vs. Allergies in Kids: 12 Ways to Tell the Difference

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It all starts with a sneeze, followed by sniffles. Then here comes the cough. Clearly your child has a cold ... or is it allergies? Turns out many parents struggle to figure that out. "Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between common cold symptoms and allergies," says Dr. Joy Greene, clinical professor of pharmacy at High Point University. "But there are differences." Here's a symptom-by-symptom rundown of how colds and allergies differ to help you suss out which one your child has.

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How do you tell the difference between colds and allergies?

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