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What are The Differences between Hay Fever and Common cold?

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Differences Between Hay Fever and Common Cold

Hay fever:

  • runny nose
  • watery discharge
  • no fever
  • onset and duration are immediate and last as long as being exposed to allergen(s)

Common cold: 

  • runny nose
  • watery or thick yellow discharge
  • low grade fever
  • onset is about 1 to 3 days after contacted cold virus and it usually lasts for about 3 to 7 days

Suffering from hay fever? Do you know that essential fatty acids like omega 3 are very important in allergies? DHA and EPA are potent anti-inflammatories which help to reduce inflammation associated with allergic response. A study in 2005 reports that diet high in omega 3 fatty acids may cut down the risk of hay fever by half.

Since pollen levels are affected by weather and time of day, best time to go outdoor is late afternoon or after heavy rains. Highest pollen count is between 10am to 4pm. Also, take off shoes after entering your home to stop tracking in pollen. Pets can bring pollen indoor as well. Remember to wipe their furs off. If possible, dry clothes in a dryer versus hanging them outside.

Quick general tips to improve allergies:

  • Wear mask to avoid allergens
  • Keep clean and rid of dusts
  • Eat fruits with antioxidants
  • Take probiotics
  • Eat vegetables containing vitamin A, C and E
  • Exercise


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