Is It a Cold or an Allergy?

There are significant differences between a cold, which is communicable, and an allergic reaction to an environmental trigger. Head Start health managers may use these facts to educate staff and parents about the differences between cold and allergy symptoms, treatment, prevention, and complications.

Prevention: Wash your hands often. Avoid close contact with allergic to such as pollen, house anyone with a cold, dust mites, mold, pet dander, cockroaches. Is It a Cold or an Allergy? [PDF, 185KB]

Is It a Cold or an Allergy? HHS/NIH/NIAID. 2005. English. [PDF, 185KB].

Last Reviewed: October 2016

Last Updated: October 4, 2016