Cold

-Caused by viruses entering the body

-Usually a two week span, accompanied with aches and pains

-Most commonly occur during the late fall and winter months

-Associate coughs with colds (especially the hacking types)

-Running, stuffy noses, sneezing, and fatigue

-Occasional sore throat and fever

Allergy

-Due to the exposure of allergens: pollens, dust mites, molds,

animal dander, trees, and grasses

-Can last for weeks or even months

-Generally no aches or pains associated

-Can occur any time of the year, worst in spring and fall

-Running, stuffy noses, sneezing, and fatigue

Bruce Gach, M.D. is the managing partner of Livermore-Pleasanton Pediatrics Group. He is a Board Certified practicing pediatrician with over 30 years of experience caring for children. He has served on numerous committees dealing with childhealth and development.  www.livermorepleasantonpeds.com