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Not sure if the runny nose and sneezing is a cold or allergies?

It’s that time of year again - hayfever season is here. Many people in Ireland suffer from hayfever, with many more people having it and not realising it!  Many people think that they have a cold which won’t go away, but in actual fact they have hayfever.  In this blog we’ll look at what hayfever is and how it differs from a cold.


What Is Hayfever?

Hayfever is also known as allergic rhinitis. It is an allergic response triggered by exposure to pollen or mould spores; microscopic grains which are discharged from flowers or tree cones.

If you have hay fever, your immune system mistakenly identifies pollen or mould spores as harmful and your immune system then reacts to these “Invaders” by producing antibodies. Once antibodies have been produced, every time you encounter the same pollen, your body produces histamine, which in turn produces allergy symptoms.




What is it? Allergic Reaction What is it? Viral infection
Can you catch it? No, it cannot be passed from person to person Can you catch it? Yes, Cold are passed from person to person
How to feel better?  Moderate your body’s reaction to lessen your symptoms How to feel better?  Rest and support your immune system

Signs & Symptoms of Hayfever

Signs and Symptoms of the Common Cold

Runny or stuffed nose Runny or stuffed nose
Watery, itchy or red eyes Body aches
Sneezing Sneezing
Swollen eyes, or blue coloured skin under the eyes Sore throat

Fever and tiredness

Onset: Symptoms will come on immediately after exposure to pollen or spores Onset: Symptoms of a cold can come on between one to three days after you have been infected –It will come on less suddenly than hayfever
Duration: Symptoms continue for as long as you’re exposed to pollen or spores, and will clear up soon after you’re away from allergens (for example, you feel better when inside) Duration: Depending on your immune system a cold might last between 3 to 10 days.


Does it sound like hayfever?  Read our next blog for our recommendations of the best natural remedies to try. 

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