Common Cold or Allergy Symptoms & Relief

Not sure if you have a cold or allergies? Although they can appear similar, they have often have different treatments. Make sure you’re in the know by taking a look at the common symptoms below.

Common cold symptoms

Sinus headache

What is a sinus headache?

If you have a sinus headache, it may feel like there’s pressure against your eyes, cheeks and forehead. This often worsens when you bend over or lie down. It usually goes hand-in-hand with other common cold symptoms, such as a stuffy or blocked nose, tiredness, or even an achy feeling in your upper teeth.

What causes a sinus headache?

Your sinuses are little pockets of air inside your forehead, cheekbones and nose. When you have a cold, these areas can get inflamed — which is what causes that pressure feeling.

How to relieve symptoms of a sinus headache?

Drinking plenty of fluids are recommended for sinus headache relief, but if symptoms persist, you should go see your doctor. You can also help relieve your sinus headache by using painkillers. The Sudafed sinus range includes some products with ibuprofen which can help to relieve a sinus headache. Buy now

Chest cold

What is a chest cold?

A chest cold, also known as acute bronchitis, is common during the colder months and is usually recognised by its persistent cough or wheezing. You may be coughing up a thick yellow or green mucus, or in worse cases, blood. You might also have a high temperature, a tight chest and breathlessness, as well as generally feeling under the weather.

What causes a chest cold?

A chest cold occurs when the airways in your lungs get inflamed and produce too much mucus. The annoying cough is your body trying to get rid of it all!

How to relieve symptoms of a chest cold

Because a chest cold is a viral infection, antibiotics won’t work, so it’s best to try and manage the symptoms by doing the following; Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and take painkillers to relieve related aches and pains.


Blocked nose

What is a blocked nose?

A blocked nose is one of the most common symptoms of a cold — and also one of the most annoying! Your nose may also be runny, and you might find it hard to talk or breathe normally.

What causes a blocked nose?

It’s often believed a blocked nose is caused by the buildup of mucus, but that blocked feeling is actually down to inflamed blood vessels in the nose cavity.

How to get rid of a blocked nose

There’s plenty of medicine for a blocked nose available, usually in the form of nasal sprays. Alternatively, popular natural remedies include a warm compress or steaming your face.


What is a headache?

If you have a headache and feel generally unwell, chances are you have a head cold. It’s just like a common cold, but the symptoms are mostly felt around your face and sinuses.

What causes a headache?

A head cold is often triggered by a viral infection. Just like for a stuffy nose, a warm compress can help relieve symptoms, as can specific tablets for headaches. Remember, there are many other headache causes, so if it persists, you should always go and see a doctor.

How to relieve a headache?

Many people find pain killers like ibuprofen and paracetamol can help ease their headache. The Sudafed head cold range includes some products with paracetamol which can help to relieve a headache. Buy now.

Common allergy symptoms

Hay fever

What is hay fever?

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a type of reaction that produces many similar symptoms to a cold, such as a runny, stuffy nose.

What causes hay fever?

There are several hay fever triggers, one of the most common being pollen. You’re more likely to suffer from hay fever during the warmer months, which is when the pollen count is at its highest — but don’t be fooled, other allergens, such as dust mites and pet dander, exist all year round!

How to relieve hay fever symptoms

Hay fever tablets such as antihistamines are an effective way to help control symptoms. Ideally, the most effective treatment would be to avoid pollen where possible. Take a look at our Social Pollen Count to help you plan ahead.

Hay fever rash

What is a hay fever rash?

A hay fever rash, also known as hives, feels itchy and is distinguished by its swollen, welt-like bumps.

What causes a hay fever rash?

While other hay fever symptoms are caused by breathing in pollen, an allergy rash occurs when your skin has been in direct contact with these triggers — e.g., if you’ve been gardening or walking through grass.

How to relieve hay fever rash

A hay fever rash is a common allergic reaction and can usually be reduced by taking antihistamines. Benadryl Allergy Relief in just 15 minutes. Buy now

Itchy, watery eyes

What are itchy, watery eyes?

Allergy eyes are one of the most uncomfortable symptoms of hay fever. They’ll often feel irritated, sore or swollen, and can be an annoying distraction throughout the day.

What causes itchy, watery eyes?

Pollen is a fine powder that can easily get into the eyes. Your body’s natural defense is to create histamine, but although this is meant to help, it’s what actually causes that itchy feeling!

How to relieve itchy, watery eyes

It’s hard to stay indoors on a warm summer’s day, but prevention is definitely the best treatment for itchy, watery eyes. Wearing sunglasses can act as a good barrier, especially wrap-around styles. If symptoms persist, you could try and antihistamine- Benadryl One A Day Tablets provide long lasting, all day relief. Buy now


What is Sneezing?

How does hay fever cause sneezing?

Unlike the type of sneezing associated with a cold, allergy sneezing happens when airborne pollen finds its way into your nasal cavities and your body tries to force it out. It’s one of the most common rhinitis symptoms, so if you know you’re prone to it, we recommend always having some tissues handy

How to relieve allergy sneezing?

Antihistamines are great for reducing sneezing. For related symptoms, such as a runny, itchy nose, nasal sprays can help. The Benadryl range includes two nasal sprays:.

  • BENACORT™ Nasal Spray can be used to prevent and relieve major hay fever symptoms, for continuous relief day and night. BENADRYL® Allergy NaturEase™ Nasal Spray helps manage nasal allergy symptoms by cleansing and soothing the irritated nasal passage, using 100% naturally sourced ingredients.


SUDAFED® Sinus Pain Relief Tablets. Sudafed Congestion & Headache Relief Max Strength Capsules. SUDAFED® Chesty Coughs with Decongestant Liquid. SUDAFED® Blocked Nose Spray (Xylometazoline). Benadryl Allergy Relief (Acrivastine). Benadryl One A Day 10mg Tablets (Cetirizine). BENACORT™ 64mcg Nasal Spray (Budesonide). Always read the label. BENADRYL® Allergy NaturEase™ Nasal Spray is not a medicine. UK/MC/19-13338.