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A 21-year-old male asked:

how to get free from cold allergy??

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Two different ?: Allergy occurs when your genes interact with the environment. There is a strong hereditary component to it. Treatments include avoidance of allergens, medications, and /or allergy shots. Cold is from exposure to a virus and one can minimize exposure by frequent hand washing and staying away from people with a cold. There is no specific Rx for it at this time.

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What are the side effects of of cold allergy drugs?

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Dr. Joram Seggev
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It depends: Strictly for allergy you have the antihistamines that are divided into sedating and non-sedating. The sedating are a heterogeneous group, the commonest side effect is sedation. They can also cause dry mouth and constipation. The non-sedating have generally few side effects. The decongestants (pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine) in combinations and alone cause palpitations, restlessness and increase bp.
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A 55-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between a cold and an allergy?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
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 blog and read. http://www.familyallergyasthmacare.com/2013/02/is-it-a-cold-sinus-or-allergies/ In a nutshell, itching (nose, eyes, palate) makes it more likely to be an allergy. Fever makes it most likely to be an infection.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

Do i have a cold or allergy or flu?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on details: Depends on details and severity. Cold or flu symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc., except that allergies usually don't cause fever. Doctors have rapid 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics. Doctors also have a 15-minute rapid test for Flu A and Flu B. COVID-19 testing is in very short supply in many places. (3/19/20)

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