It's spring time. You're throat is sore, you're coughing, you're sneezing, but why? It could be allergies, brought on by various triggers taking to the air as plants bloom. Or it could be a cold, the virus going to town on your immune system. In order to cure your ailment, you must figure out what's getting you.
While they may feel the same, cold and allergy symptoms do vary. The easiest way to tell is the duration. Colds will tend to last no longer than 10 days, while allergies can last as long as the allergen is present, possibly months. But this won't help you while you're in the midst of suffering. The quickest way to figure it out is to consider your symptoms. While both can cause sneezing, runny nose, cough, and sore throat, colds will more often present aches and fatigue or ever fever. Allergies most often cause itchy eyes but will never result in fever.
Once you've figured out what the problem is, you must remedy it. For a cold, get rest, drink fluids, wash your hands, and take some cold medicine. For allergies, avoiding allergens is your best solution. You can also try an antihistamine. So next time you're feeling something coming on, take a roll call of your symptoms and figure out what really ails you.