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are allergies or colds more often the cause of swelling of the nasal passages?

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Dr. Alan Goldsobel
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Colds: Both allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and a viral upper respiratory tract infection (a "cold") cause nasal congestion. Almost all people get colds; about 30% of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis. With allergies you never get a fever and any mucus drainage is clear. With both you get sneezing. Allergies typically cause more itching of nose and eyes.
Answered on Dec 17, 2014
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Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience Internal Medicine
Sometimes after either condition you can get a bacterial infection an a change in the color of your nasal discharge.
Apr 12, 2012
Dr. Paul Williams
27 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Colds: Colds are the most common cause of swelling of the nasal passages, but persistent symptoms that do not start to improve after 10-14 days may represent a bacterial infection of the sinuses or allergies. Nasal symptoms that occur after exposure to pets or dust, or recur at the same time of the year, every year, may be allergies.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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