Doctor and Patient
Allergies, Cold & Flu

Is it just a cold? Or is it allergic rhinitis?

Is it a lingering cold or allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) symptoms can easily be mistaken for the common cold or the starting symptoms of a viral infection, so if you’ve had a lingering “cold” or “congestion, it’s worth having a chat to your doctor or pharmacist to get a more accurate diagnosis. With mild symptoms you may find you can still function normally in your daily life, however, with more severe symptoms, your ability to function, work or learn may be impaired.

Untreated allergic rhinitis can sometimes cause complications such as:

  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Headaches usually above the eyes or in the cheeks
  • Lack of energy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Recurrent sinus infections (in adults and children)
  • Cough