Oftentimes for me, it's difficult to determine whether it's a cold or my allergies. The symptoms are similar: runny nose, red-rimmed eyes, sneezing and coughing.

If you have allergies, avoid early morning outside activities because that's when the allergens are their strongest.

What's the best way to bring relief? Dr. Roshini Raj, a TODAY Show contributor, says start with over the counter medicine. If that doesn't work, consult with your health professional.

This year, the allergy season has begun earlier than usual because of the weather. This year levels will not only be early, but quite high, as well.