Cold vs. allergy: How do I know the difference?

Symptoms Allergy Cold
Runny nose often often
Sneezing often sometimes
Itchy eyes often rarely
Fever never often
Aches and pains never sometimes
Headache sometimes often
Cough sometimes often
Dizziness sometimes often
Hoarseness sometimes often
Recur at a certain time of year often rarely
Need for antibiotics no no
Warning time symptoms occur after exposure to allergen gets worse over several days
How long does it last As long as your child is exposed to the allergen usually 7 to 10 days

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