According to ABC News, allergies and colds share several symptoms, and it is easy to mistake one for the other. Both are often characterized by sneezing, as well as runny or stuffy noses. However, allergies will typically cause an individual to have itchy eyes and should not lead to things like a fever or general aches and pains. Those symptoms are indicative of a cold or flu, the news source reported.
"The Price of Poor Communication"
An article in the Wall Street Journal reported that patients often don't understand or retain what the doctors say. This survey shows that 80% of what doctors tell patients is forgotten as soon as they leave the office and 50% of what is recalled by patients is incorrect. Physicians trained in communication skills improve patients' adherence to their regimens by 12%. That is why you will walk out of our office with a clinical summary each and every time after your visit with us. Your "plan" will provide clear instructions on how and when to take your medications.