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difference between alergies and cold

A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Overlapping symptoms: There are overlapping symptoms between the common viral cold, sinus infections and allergic rhinitis (allergies) for an easy to use chart, go to my bl ... Read More

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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
31 years experience General Surgery
Infection/reaction: A cold is typically due to a viral infection, which has to run its course. Allergies are your body's natural reaction to airborne particles, such as p ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
35 years experience Pediatrics
Not Easy: Honestly, I have looked at many patients cold vs allergy. The only semi reliable way that I have found to decide is to look at the mucous membranes (t ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
35 years experience Pediatrics
Yes to the 2nd...: ...Question. Allergy is always caused by an immune reaction to a food ingredient. Intolerance is usually an inability to digest a particular ingred ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Madhukar Punja
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
They are different : Allergy is an altered response by your immune system to an allergen. Allergens are usually harmless particles like pollens, dust, cat dander or even c ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Overholt
26 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Broad v specific: An allergy reaction is a very specific sort of immune response involving a specific set of cells and inflammatory mediators. An intolerance has a muc ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Allergy vs bump: Allergy is usually caused by a definite allergen whereas a bump can be caused by many things such as a cyst or a tumor.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Location: Both allergies & asthma involve inflammation of the respiratory tree, but allergies tend to involve the upper parts while asthma affects the lower. T ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suresh Anand
26 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Decongestants: Most allergy medicines contain antihistamines, decongestants or a combination of the two. Antihistamines help runny, watery or itchy nose or eyes. D ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Sun burn includes: S rash w red skin ; possible blisters, fatigue, fevers, chills or headache. Polymorphous light eruption(pmle) ; it has sxs that were just described a ... Read More

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