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how long do allergy like flu last? had the rash in lip, runny nose, sneezing for 4 days but had a longer cough for weeks. only now these symps come.

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Dr. Terry Simpson
34 years experience General Surgery
Weeks: If it is an allergy take your medicine like zyrtec (cetirizine). Check pollen count in your area from pollen.Com. Shower after going outside and change your bed linens. If persists see your primary care doctor.
Answered on Sep 15, 2013
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Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Flu: Can last about 10 days with some symptoms and the cough for weeks . Allergy will last as long as you are around whatever it is you are allergic to.
Answered on Sep 15, 2013
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Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Flu=viral not alergy: Flu is an infection, viral * can't b treated it runs it's course. Allergies can b treated. C an allergist 2 find the allergin, & b treated by avoiding exposure if able, & get proper rx 2 treat symptoms.
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Allergies: See an allgist to determine what you are reacting to. Also, the concern about your cough that may not be just allergies but may be astham too. An allergist can help you.
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu commented
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Are you sure that you are not suffering from a common cold? If it is, then the symptoms should mostly subside in 10-14 days However a dry cough may linger on for weeks.
Sep 15, 2013

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