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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Germs, pollen, mold, or a virus. They can all be causing your symptoms of sneezing and congestion, but how do you know if you have allergies or a cold?

Nurse Practioner Missy McNabb says that cold and allergy symptoms are similar but there are warning signs of allergies transitioning into an infection.

"If your drainage from your allergies, which is clear, nine times out of ten, becomes dis-colored then that's an indication that you may be going the other way." Said McNabb.

Another way to tell the difference between the two is that a common cold generally only last for a week.

"If you are having symptoms for more than 7-10 days then you need to go see your provider because likely your cold which is viral is becoming bacterial and that may require antibiotics." Explained McNabb.

So you've heard the phrase "the best defense is a good offense," and that applies to cold and allergy season as well. The best way to prevent a cold? well I bet it's not that hard to figure out.

"Wash your hands. I can't express that enough. Just wash you hands multiple times a day. You touch door knobs. You touch your face. You touch people." Said McNabb.

As for those with just regular seasonal allergies, McNabb says we have a long way to go.

"Were just getting started cause all the pollen is starting up and spring is near." McNabb said.

We see the most tree pollen in the air from March to May and although those flowers are pretty, they are behind your sneezing and itchy eyes. With spring in the air and flowers blooming, McNabb recommends staying indoors if you are allergic to pollen. If you need relief from the symptoms of a cold or allergies, antihistamines and decongestants can help clear you up.

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