Sneezing, runny nose, sinus pain, tiredness, and headaches are just some of the symptoms that are common to both a cold and to hay fever. So, with so much in common, it’s easy to understand why people find it hard to differentiate between the two (especially at this time of year and especially if they’ve never had hay fever before).
Here are a few quick ways to spot the difference …
Whether it be itchy eyes, throat, ears or roof of mouth, itchiness is one of the main indicators of hay fever. Itchiness rarely occurs when you have a cold.
Funky shade of green?
The colour of your nasal mucus is also a good indicator. If it’s yellow or green, it’s likely you have a cold. But if it’s clear it may be a sign that you have hay fever.
Need a lozenge?
While dry, itchy throats are common with hay fever, sore throats are not. They are, however, a common sign of a cold.
Do your symptoms last forever and a day?
How long your symptoms last may also indicate whether you have a cold or hay fever. The symptoms of a cold usually appear gradually and can last for up to 14 days while hay fever symptoms, on the other hand, tend to hit at the same time and usually last as long as you’re exposed to the allergen.
Never had hay fever before?
Though hay fever often starts in childhood, it can also be triggered later on in life by stressful events or other underlying health conditions. In fact, these days, there’s a growing number of people who only experience symptoms later on in life.
Natural Hay Fever Treatment
At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we use a technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify your hay fever symptom triggers. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address your sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).
PAT is a non-invasive, holistic therapy, which:
Some cases may be complex so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.
Want to know if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!
Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.
using our Request an appointment service
calling our head office on 1300 853 023 (Aust) / 09 479 5997 (NZ), Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm (EST).
This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage allergy-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.