COLD, FLU OR HAY FEVER?
Colds and the flu are contagious viruses that can become airborne due to sneezing or coughing.1 Hayfever, however, is the common term for allergic rhinitis, and is an allergic response to allergens such as pollen, dustmites, fungal spores or animal dander.2 Whilst some symptoms can be similar, these conditions are all different.
It can be hard to tell what you’ve got, and what you need to feel better. So, read the articles below for more information on these conditions, or if you have any questions, speak to your healthcare professional.
Immune System Reaction
1 Healthdirect (2018). "What causes colds and flu?" https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/what-causes-colds-and-flu. (Accessed 05-02-2019).
2 Healthdirect (2017). "Hay fever (allergic rhnitis)". https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/hay-fever. (Accessed 05-02-2019).