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A 21-year-old female asked:

if u don't take care of you're allergies, can it get worse and turn into a cold? ex: don't use nettipot if u have a stuffy nose, etc.

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Maybe: If you are talking about hay fever, then it is a potential yes. Studies have shown that allergic people, especially those with asthma, often have an impaired immune response to bacteria and viruses. However a more common problem would be sinus infections. As for netipot for a very stuffy nose, the issue is that not enough fluid can ever get into the nose.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What can I do for allergies without a stuffy nose please?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
OTC medications: Start with an over the counter antihistamine (zyrtec (cetirizine) or claritin). You can add an otc decongestant like sudafed.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

Consistent runny and stuffy nose over six month period not related to allergies?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
How ?: How do you know that it is not from allergies given that you are already allergic to cat? Benadryl (diphenhydramine) does not decongest the nose. See you doctor for a rx nasal spray.

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