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A 30-year-old male asked:

Can allergies give you flu- or cold-like symptoms? also, should taking mucinex (guaifenesin) cold, advil, zyrtec, and emergen-c all together help?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
It's possible: Sinus allergies can mimic a "cold ". Try only one medicine at a time. Start with Claritin (loratadine) d or Allegra d , plus rest and liquids . Most allergy and cold symptoms should get better in 4-5 days.
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Allergies: Can feel like a cold. You are over medicating.One otc oral allergy medication and can add nasocort aq nasal spray which is now otc . If still miserable see your doctor.
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Cold sx yes: Allergic rhinitis may mimic a cold but it usually lasts longer than a cold (.
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Last updated Jun 2, 2018

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