The difference between hay fever and a cold

The allergy season is upon us - here's a simple way to tell whether you're allergic to pollen or are going down with a cold

Illness Vs. Allergies

Spring is in the air, and, with the constant cycle of flora and fauna, it's hard to tell whether you're coming down with a cold, or having an allergic reaction to all that pollen.

Itchy eyes are a telltale sign of allergies. But a runny nose and sneezing? That could be either.

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As unpleasant as it may sound, checking the colour of your phlegm can reflect the difference between intruder and infection.

Thick and discoloured mucus means a cold or other larger problem, as this video demonstrates.