Michael Marcus, MD Pediatric Pulmonary DrMDK.com
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Male: Dr. Marcus, a lot of kids seem to have runny noses and runny eyes and sometimes you think it is a cold but it keeps lasting too long. How much is it different in a cold that a kid maybe allergic to something? Dr. Marcus: Sometimes it is difficult to be able to tell the difference between cold symptoms allergy symptoms because they are certainly quite similar. One of the major differences, is the pattern of illness. Cold symptoms tend to last five to seven days, by ten days they are gone. Allergy symptoms will linger and last throughout the allergy season and will vary depending on the degree of exposure. The length of time and the repeated nature of symptoms are the most important things to look for when you are trying to tell the difference between a cold and an allergy.