Because with the nightly temperature dropping and the end of the summer bleeding into autumn in the NJ - PA area, we would love to know what's going on. At least that's exactly how I'm feeling today. What's the difference between allergies and a common cold?

I found this cool article on phillyvoice.com that really triggers the difference ...

So let's un-medically diagnose me!

Symptoms

Itchy, watery eyes are the hallmark of seasonal allergies. Your eyes become agitated when an irritant, such as pollen or animal dander, is released into the air. This triggers the discharge of histamines, a compound found in the tissues surrounding the eye. When these histamines are introduced, your eyes become red, itchy, and swollen. Antihistamines are your best bet for battling irritated eyes — just be sure to opt for a non-drowsy formula or take the medicine at night.

Sore throats are another common yet misleading symptom, as they can be attributed to a number of causes. More often than not, however, a sore, scratchy, or dry throat is the result of a viral cold. Pain killers like aspirin or ibuprofen work wonders for minor throat pain. If you prefer a more natural remedy,gargling with warm salt water will help speed up the healing process and temporarily relieve discomfort.

Body aches are another tell-tale sign that you’re dealing with a cold rather than allergies. Dull aches and pains are also indicative of the flu, so be sure to monitor your condition and seek medical attention if flu-like symptoms seem to get worse rather than better with time.

Read the rest of the break down at phillyvoice.com.

So ... yeah, according to my own diagnosis, I currently have allergies with a underlining minor cold ... so cheers to Emergen-C!