How to tell if medley of miserable symptoms is flu, cold or allergies

Updated Nov 12, 2016

With mold high from recent rains and flu season underway, how do you know whether you’re sick or have allergies? Allergies, common colds and the flu have similar symptoms but are treated differently. The Texas A&M University College of Nursing offers these clues:

In all cases, staying hydrated helps. A cold should heal on its own in a few days, provided you get some rest. The flu probably warrants a trip to the doctor, according to the A&M experts. Nasal rinsing can help with allergies. But if it’s cedar fever, don’t expect miracles. Life is probably going to be miserable for a while.

— Marty Toohey, American-Statesman staff