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How to tell if it's allergies or just a cold

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boy with runny noseThe changing season hosts a whole lot of cold bugs. Usually when children have sneezing and coughing in the middle of classmates and neighbors with colds, we assume they have the same. More often than not it's true, but sometimes these symptoms can get dismissed as a cold when in fact they are allergies. So, how do we decode these symptoms and figure out if it is something we need to deal with or just let pass?

Parents.com has this 10 question quiz that will help determine weather or not your child is showing the first sign of allergies or just battling a common cold. The questions range from which season they are most affected to the color of nasal discharge. The sound of your child's voice and the frequency of itching eyes and nose are also important clues.

Ultimately you'll probably know what you're dealing with, but if you are a little unsure this quiz is a great way to find out.


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