Would you rather have a cold or allergies?

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
May 10, 2009 8:17am CST
Lately the pollen has been horrible around here. A lot of people are having problems with allergies because of the weather. Fortunately, I don't have allergies - at least I don't think I do... Yesterday was a beautiful day and we love to have the windows and doors open to get fresh air. I also sat out on our deck a lot yesterday because I just love being outside. After a while my nose was running and I kept sneezing. My husband said I was getting allergies. I said I was just getting a cold because I don't want to have allergies. If you have a cold at least it goes away in a couple days. With allergies you always have issues. So, if you do or don't have allergies, which would you rather have - a cold or allergies?
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@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
12 May 09
i have allergies though i'm not sure what i am allergic too. i get terrible hives at night for almost 18 months. i had to take anti-histamines day and night just to prevent my skin from breaking out into hives. the itch is unbearable and i scratch till the skin broke all over my body. i also have allergic rhinitis which is not as horrible, but terrible still nonetheless. so yes, i am definitely with you. a cold is so much better than allergies. with a cold, i can just sleep it off. but an allergy, i will have to deal with it for the rest of my life.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
13 May 09
Oh that's horrible. I do hope that there is something to help - oatmeal baths???
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• Singapore
14 May 09
i was on anti-histamines for more than a year. it sort of help curb the allergic reaction. now i keep the pills handy. if i feel an attack coming, i'll pop one first. guess i'll just have to live with it.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
14 May 09
Oh ok, so you do have something that can help. That's good!
@AKMEDIA2 (328)
• United States
12 May 09
I would rather have allergies than a cold because at least an allergy will not persist for weeks in most cases. A cold is hard to deal with since I absolutely can't stand a sore throat.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
13 May 09
Yes, colds are usually gone in a day or two. It's when they break out into something worse that an allergy might be better.
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• United States
12 May 09
Oh gawd, I'm not sure which one I should select. Your lucky your cold's go away within a few day's, mine usually last a week or longer . What I hate is getting an allergy cold, which comes with some wonderful sinus drainage that won't stop and sneezing and chest full of drainage congestion that sometimes turns into a chest infection and when that happens I have to run to the doctor for antibiotics.. After typing all of this I just realized that I would rather have a old school cold then allergies because a regular cold is easier to knock off . A cold would be a vacation from my allergies from hell. I have eczema also and often when my allergies are flared up my eczema starts to act up as well. You mentioned how you think you don't have allergies until yesterday, I find this very common anymore with people who have gone their whole life without allergies then one year when spring rolls around they find themselves getting a runny nose, sneezing & burning eyes for hours. My 67 year old dad was like that until 7 years ago and now he has to take allergy medication daily.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
13 May 09
They say that you can develop allergies to something that you have never had a problem with before. If this was allergies for me, then it's over with, I'm not sneezing or anything any more. ps - what do you use for your eczema? I know some people that have had great success with some stuff that I use for just normal dry skin. You can check out my Health Cafe for a bit more info if you want.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
11 May 09
I think I would rather have a cold. As you pointed out a cold can go away in a few days. However, I've had a cold last for almost 2 months once when I was pregnant with my oldest son. I even stopped gaining any weight through the rest of my pregnancy (from about 4 months on). Also some people tend to be susceptible to colds to and can catch one after another. Whereas allergies tend to be seasonal. So, it's really not an easy answer, if you think about it.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
13 May 09
There does seem to be good and bad sides either way. I guess with allergies you'd get used to it also...
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@jakeb1 (562)
• United States
11 May 09
I would rather have neither but if I had to choose I guess it would be a cold because it does go away and allergies stay with you for all your life. If you have an allergy, you have to be careful where you go.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
You definitely have a point there - neither is the best option!
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@henman3 (42)
• United States
11 May 09
A cold. It may be rather unpleasant during it's time, but it's better than having allergies for life.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
As long as it doesn't turn into something worse, I'm with ya on that one!
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• United Kingdom
10 May 09
I would rather have an allergy although I only really have one allergy and that is, I am allergic to nuts! I think the nut problem is a common one and there are a lot of people that are allergic to nuts. I don't mind having the common cold from time to time but this can really get you down and it always seems to strike at the wrong moment. Now, everyone seems to be talking about this swine flu and I guess that everyone is now worried and we are all monitoring this thing to see how it develops and progresses. Andrew
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
You are right, a lot of people have developed allergies to nuts. When I was a kid I don't remember it being such a problem. At least you can control if you eat them :)
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• Malaysia
24 May 09
i'd rather don't have any of those 2 =D but i think allergies is the most annoying one because u have to take good care of ur diet and surrounding and it is such a nuisance for me. luckily i don't have any allergy toward anything that i known of =D
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
24 May 09
You are lucky! I am allergic to certain medications, but that's about it. And I don't get a cold too often so I'm normally pretty lucky too!
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
26 May 09
I have taken prescriptions with sulfur in them and I break out in hives. I can't take those medications any more. It's hard to find something that I can take that works.
• Malaysia
26 May 09
I'm sure is lucky..hehehe
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
11 May 09
Honestly being a person with allergies I'd rather get the occasional cold and not have allergies. I have to take allergy meds daily to be able to function without itching or having a stuffed nose. Gets expensive and at the same time its hard to tell when its a cold and not "just" allergies. The medications for allergies - every one of them...gives me the munchies. |I havent found one yet that i take and am not feeling starved or snackish within 45 min of taking it. (pretty sure thats part of why i ahve issues loosing weight.)
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
That's a drag that your allergies are causing other problems. It's got to be hard to take a medicine that's helping you but also a bit of a hinderance. I hope your allergies aren't all year long!
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
13 May 09
They arent bad in the winter (glad we have a longer winter in that respect) they are the worst this time of year when the trees are pollinating and all the fluff is in the air. Im so itchy i could scream today. summer time isnt bad except i cant swim in most lakes.
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@yoyozhou (356)
• China
10 May 09
Yes,I have a allergy with plants and weather.If it is too hot ,I will itch. I think if you got a cold,maybe you will sneezes or your nose will be uncomfortable for a few days.If you got allergies,you will be uncomfortalbe for a while.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
I think allergies would last longer too, unless your cold developed into something more serious.
@yoyozhou (356)
• China
12 May 09
Yup,these days it is very hot here,I just feel my skin itch. And I scrath my skin all the way.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
12 May 09
hey reinydawn! if i could choose, i would rather pick a cold. i have allergies and its totally a pain in the butt! if you have colds, you'll just get runny nose and sometimes fever for a short period of time. but if you have allergies, you can have them anytime! i get allergy attacks anytime. if i inhaled some allergens, like dust or something, i would have an attack. continuous sneezing, hard sneezing is really.. not exactly painful but.. it hurts and its cumbersome. i can't concentrate on what i'm doing, i continuously wipe my nose, i use all the tissue in the house, and i look terrible. and it wouldn't go away for a long time unless you get proper rest and medicine. and i don't get attacks only from allergens but also from food. that's why i don't eat chickens, eggs and some seafoods. sometimes i don't even eat foods with eggs or chickens or seafood as ingredients. not even soup for fear of having an attack. its really difficult when i'm having one so i'd rather have a simple cold.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
13 May 09
That would be difficult to deal with. I hope it's not like that all the time for you!
@Beertjie (978)
• South Africa
10 May 09
I am allergic to needles, they hurt. I get 2mm thick needles stuck in my arms three times a week, and then a smaller one in the stomach. I go for dialysis treatment and they have to stick needles in my arms to get the blood out through the machine and back to me. Other than that i have no allergies and like most I would rather have a cold which goes away rather than allergies that stick around for ever. Blessings
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
I wish you the best!
@StarBright (2799)
• United States
10 May 09
I have allergies. They never go away. The temporary relief is not even temporary. The allergies are always in the background. Allergies often present like a cold. The two can run together and you don't know the difference. So for me, bring on the cold. At least, I could look forward to it going away.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
That's what I would think too, you would get some relief.
@Kenorv (344)
• United States
10 May 09
When I have allergies they seem to be much worse than most colds that I get. The constant sneezing and watery eyes and runny nose are just way too much for me. Thank God for allergy medicine. I have no idea how people dealt with allergies before there was medicine for it. I'm really glad that I didn't have to live in a time without medicine.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
I know some people that would be out for days if there was no medication for them. I'm glad there is too!
@salam1 (1475)
• Malaysia
10 May 09
same goes to me, cold is preferable compared to allergies..
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
Yeah, it makes sense to me.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 May 09
Probably allergies...I'm thinking sneezing, sniffling and stuffy nose. I can deal with that easier than a cold which always turns into the flu, then upper respitory infection and finally pnemonia... Definately the allergies. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
Oh, it is awful when a slight sniffle turns into DAYS of being sicker. I am so glad I haven't been sick either - I think it as just the pollen around here over the weekend.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
10 May 09
I started really experiencing my allergy symptoms when i was 10 years old. The outdoor allergies weren't too bad then, but i am also allergic to cats and those were awful. As I have gotten older, my allergies have gotten worse. I have them all year long to one thing or another (and yes, my cat allergies have also gotten worse.) With all the rain that we have gotten this spring, I wake up everyday with my head feeling like mush. Then there is the itchiness, and the sinus pain and pressure, and the sneezing and coughing.... So, yes, if I had the choice, give me a cold that i know will go away in a week or so. Otherwise, pass me the tissue....
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
I think it's horrible that people have to suffer through the seasons like that. I wish everyone was able to enjoy it. I hope you feel better soon!
@GardenGerty (102534)
• United States
10 May 09
I think most people have some sensitivities, which are like allergies, but not so prevalent or severe. I usually do not have allergies, but this year, I do. Or at the most I have had some eye irritation. The thing about allergies to pollen, or other airborne stuff is that it can set you up for an infection. That is what is going on with me this year. I would rather just have a cold, you bet. I have had both for about two months now. My cold actually went into a bronchial infection, and that can happen with both colds and allergies.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
Ack! That's horrible! I know sometimes I will get a sinus infection - although that hasn't happened in a couple years... My eyes do irriate me a bit, but most of that's from strain on the computer :)
@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
10 May 09
I would rather have a cold because that goes away after a few days but allergies stay with you for life!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 May 09
EXACTLY! This has been a bad year for pollen around here though, I might be having a problem with it...