December is here with all of its beautiful decorations, holiday get-togethers with friends, and that seemingly annual plugged nose, cough, and yuck! You might be asking yourself, “why am I having to put up with these allergies instead of enjoying the season?”
Hives (or urticaria) will affect 1 out of 5 people during their lifetime. They are itchy, red or skin colored bumps with redness around them that come and go. Histamine is the substance that actually causes the hives. This means that if you have hives, they are the result of histamine being released from your mast cells.
You can't seem to stop sneezing. Your nose is runny. Your eyes are watering. You may be thinking, "Do I have allergies?"
With those symptoms, it can be difficult to know if you are dealing with allergies, sinus issues, or a cold. Fortunately, there are some differences that can help you figure out what condition you are really dealing with. Answer these questions to determine if you have an allergy or not: