Are You Suffering from Allergies or Something Worse?

Since complaints of sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose are common this time of year, it’s easy to blame these symptoms on allergies, but they can indicate a more serious medical issue.

Here are 4 signs that your allergy symptoms might be something worse.

1. You’re feeling the heat

Fever is an indicator that your body is fighting a virus such as influenza or a bacterial infection, like a sinus infection. Because allergies are not caused by your body fighting a virus or bacteria, but by allergens, allergies won’t typically cause a fever.

Related article: 5 Ways to Get Ahead of Allergies

2. You’ve got mucus!

Mucus or phlegm production increases whether you are suffering from allergies, a cold, or the flu, but studies show that darker green or yellow mucus is usually associated with more serious bacterial infections.

3. You suddenly feel awful!

Most allergy sufferers expect to experience symptoms like congestion or a sore throat consistently when the body is exposed to allergens like pollen. If you experience acute symptoms quickly or your symptoms get progressively worse over the course of a few days, then you might have something worse than allergies, like strep throat.

4. You have aches all over!

When you experience muscle aches along with your cough and runny nose, it can indicate your body is fighting off the flu.

Related article: Food Allergies: How to Be Smart & Safe

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Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.