Is It a Cold or Allergies?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary:Is it a cold or allergies? Knowing the difference can mean much less suffering for your child.
Air Date: 1/16/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. David Hill, MD
davidhillDr. David Hill is Vice President of Cape Fear Pediatrics in Wilmington, NC and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UNC Medical School. He serves on the executive committees of the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council On Communications and the Media. In addition to writing a monthly column for Wilmington Parent Magazine Dr. Hill writes and records for multiple websites including as,, and He has three children, ages 6, 9, and 11.

Is It a Cold or Allergies?
It’s sometimes difficult to know whether the problem is allergies or a common cold (upper respiratory infection).

The diagnosis is often made when parents seek their pediatrician’s advice for a lingering cold that their child can’t shake.

While symptoms of allergies and colds often overlap, there are a few telling differences.


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