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Can Allergies Cause Colds to Last Longer?

Can Allergies Cause Colds to Last Longer?

Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
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Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard.

Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all.
Written by:
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
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Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson is a freelance writer, Certified Medical Assistant, and Nationally Registered EMT with 8+ years of clinical experience across multiple specialties. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology, Master’s in Healthcare Administration, and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Katelyn is an advocate for providing patient education in an approachable way through online resources.

Yes! If you have allergies, you likely have swelling on the inside of the nose most of the time, and you might not even notice it. Sometimes you can tell by pinching one side of the nose to see if you can breathe out only through the other side (go ahead, try it :) ). You may also start breathing out of your mouth at night, which causes snoring and dry/chapped lips. 

When you get sick, it’s a double whammy! Your nose that was already somewhat swollen, now swells completely shut, and all of that mucous that wants to come out gets trapped in your sinuses or goes backwards into your throat, causing that irritating, hacky cough. 

We recommend a nasal spray that immediately works to open the nasal passages.  Using this may reduce your allergy symptoms and make your coughs and colds go away faster.