Runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes can be from seasonal allergies or a cold. Here’s how to tell the difference:


Seasonal Allergies

Happens only during allergy season (Spring and Fall)

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Watery or itchy eyes, throat & nose


Can happen any time of year

Similar to allergies but may include:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Body aches



Manage your Allergies

It is best to control allergies in multiple ways.

1. Over-the-counter medications at your local pharmacy:

  • Antihistamines (Some may make you sleepy)
  • Decongestants (Use with caution if you have high blood pressure)
  • Steroid nasal sprays
  • Nose rinses with saline solutions or saline nose spray (Can be found at your pharmacy)

2. Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier

3. Keep windows and doors closed, especially on high-pollen days


Manage your Allergies

1. During the spring and summer, seasonal allergies are usually triggered by pollens and mold

2. People with asthma are also likely to have allergies

3. Pollen counts are highest in the morning and on windy days

If allergy symptoms continue despite self-treatment and prevention, contact your doctor or make an appointment with a doctor at Union Health Center by calling 212-206-2755