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Is it a summer cold or seasonal allergy? The doctor explains how to separate them

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If you suddenly feel the symptoms of colds during the summer, it is possible that you are infected with the virus – but how can you judge it, not seasonal allergies?

"Nausea, congestion and nose leakage are the main symptoms of colds or allergies," explains Dr. Lakie Wright, Internal Medicine Specialist, Allergy and Immunology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Medical Director at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Boston, POPSUGAR says. "Since allergies and colds have similar symptoms, people often wonder who the real culprit is."

One clear distinction: "The symptoms of colds can be serious," she said. After all, your body fights against viral infections instead of triggering an immune response to the threat, like allergens. Here are some symptoms of cold that Dr. Wright probably has no allergies:

After all, this may be the length of your symptoms that separates them most. "Duration of symptoms is a key factor between colds and allergies," Dr. Wright. "Symptoms of cold usually last from seven to ten days. Symptoms of allergies may take several weeks, especially depending on the season and the environment."

To make things worse, your allergies can lead to more diseases. "Inflammation associated with allergies can make you feel more sensitive to the cold," she said. "This will make your membranes – which otherwise serve as a barrier to virus protection – from leakage and viruses can more easily attack your immune system." Therefore, if you are feeling unbearable under certain weather conditions or symptoms, talk to your doctor.