Your nose is runny, your eyes are swollen and your new nickname might as well be Sneezy. Classic seasonal allergy symptoms, right? Maybe, but you could also be battling a cold. “They can be hard to tell apart,” says allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Janna Tuck, MD. But there are a few telltale signs that can help you figure out what’s going on. Check your symptoms below and conduct your drugstore shopping trip accordingly.

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1. My Eyes Keep Tearing: Allergies

Watery eyes with a side of itchy? That’s probably allergies. “Eye symptoms for colds are minimal unless it causes pink eye,” says Dr. Tuck.

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2. I Keep Coughing: Either

This one’s tricky—it could be a cold or allergies. “Cough is not universally a cold symptom,” Dr. Tuck reveals. “While you might cough from a cold, allergic drainage [thicker than usual mucus] down the back of the throat can also cause a cough.” Don't worry, we'll get to the bottom of this yet—keep reading to check your other symptoms.

For a cold, your best bet is to pick up Mucinex All-in-One Cold & Flu, which contains the cough suppressant Dextromethorphan. But remember, says Dr. Tuck, go see a doctor if your symptoms are moderate to severe, hard to control with medications or are just plain bothersome.

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3. Feeling Exhausted, Even After Coffee: Either

Hmm, this one’s another toughie, since fatigue could be a symptom of allergies or a cold. (And you know, staying up all night watching Netflix.) Let's see what's happening with your nose for a better idea of what's going on...

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4. My Nose Won’t Stop Running: Either

Colds and allergies both can cause nasal congestion, sneezing and a runny nose,” explains Dr. Tuck. But the difference between a cold and allergies is the mucus: If it’s thick and yellow (ew, sorry), then you’re likely in cold territory, whereas thin and watery mucus (again, ew) points toward an allergy.

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5. Head = Jackhammer: Cold

Ouch, ouch, ouch. Headaches from allergies are rare, so you’re likely experiencing a cold symptom. Either that, or you had one too many glasses of Pinot last night (hey, no judgment).

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6. I'm Super Hot (Not in a Sexy Way): Cold

Time for some chicken noodle soup—fevers can accompany colds but are very rarely an allergy symptom.

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7. My Whole Body Hurts: Cold

You’re probably looking at a cold symptom. “If the allergies are severe, they may cause fatigue, but generally body aches or chills are viral and not allergic in nature,” says Dr. Tuck.

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8. I’ve Felt Rough for a Long Time: Allergies

Yep, that’s allergies. A cold generally lasts 10 to 14 days, while allergies may go on longer depending on what is causing the symptoms,” she says. Another clue that your long-lasting “cold” is actually seasonal allergies? If you keep having the same symptoms at the same time every year.

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