When my daughter developed a cough that seemed to last forever, my husband and I were baffled. Was it a remnant of her most recent cold, or was she developing an allergy to dust mites hiding in her bedroom? Should we continue asking our pediatrician about the cough, or was it time to make an appointment with an allergist?
No one enjoys being uncomfortable. Using an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine to help alleviate cold symptoms such as nasal congestion may seem like an easy solution, but determining the underlying cause of symptoms is very important, as colds and allergies are managed differently.
Causes of common cold
Cold symptoms can be caused by many types of viruses. People get infected either by breathing in germs or by direct contact with someone or something with germs on it.
Causes of allergies
Allergies involve a person's immune syste