It can be hard to determine whether your stuffy nose, cough and related symptoms are the result of seasonal allergies – which you can treat with antihistamines at home – or a virus or bacterial infection – which may require treatment by a doctor. But a digital thermometer can help you decide.
While there’s no substitute for a doctor’s experience and advice, you can keep a closer watch on your health than any doctor by monitoring vital statistics – including your temperature – at home. This can help you determine if symptoms you experience are an indication of a serious medical condition.
For accurate readings without hassles, consider an ear and forehead digital thermometer that will allow you to get accurate readings in about a second without holding anything under your tongue or worrying with expensive disposable covers.
It’s Probably Allergies
Your body can change over time, and so can the situation around you. Even if you never had allergies in the past or had only mild symptoms, new allergies can develop or the unpleasant symptoms of your existing allergies can get worse.
If you have the following symptoms and don’t have a fever, you’re probably experiencing allergies:
- Clear, watery mucus. Mucus that never thickens or becomes yellow or green is a primary sign of an allergy, according to experts.
- Itchy eyes that water constantly or frequently. In most cases, itchy or watery eyes are not a symptom of a cold or infection.
- Your symptoms remain constant. It’s common for allergy symptoms to continue at about the same intensity day after day after 1 or 2 days of intense symptoms, but cold symptoms change as the illness progresses.
- The runny nose persists for more than a week. A cold is usually gone in just over a week, but allergies can last for months.
- Certain situations trigger your symptoms. Allergies are usually seasonal and situational, meaning that symptoms that show up only at the beginning of a growing season or only when you visit your sister who has cats, for example, are probably related to allergies.
It Could Be A Cold Or Infection
While a cold isn’t serious, it can be more serious than allergies in some cases and can lead to secondary conditions, including bacterial infections of the sinuses or ear. Here are some indications that your symptoms could be a cold or infection:
- You have body aches or a headache. There are hundreds of types of colds and even more types of bacterial infections, and symptoms vary. But prolonged body aches are rarely a sign of allergies.
- You have a fever. Use your ear and forehead digital thermometer to determine if you have a fever – because a fever is a sign of an infection or cold rather than allergies, which cause only a very mild fever if any at all.
- Symptoms change every several days. A cold often starts with fever and a stuffy nose and then progresses to a sore throat and then a cough or sinus pain before clearing up.
- Mucus is thick and green or yellow. Because a cold or infection triggers your immune system to fight it off, mucus can thicken and discolor, making it hard to blow your nose to keep your head clear.
Remember, high fever as shown on your ear and forehead digital thermometer means you need to see a doctor. A low fever may mean you can treat it yourself with Tylenol or another fever reducer. But fever isn’t the only reason to see a doctor. Physicians can often help with allergy symptoms, recommend treatments to keep symptoms from worsening and help rule out more serious conditions.
When in doubt, see a doctor. When you want to keep close tabs on your temperature before seeking treatment or after diagnosis, turn to a digital thermometer you can rely on.