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Can you explain the difference between vasomotor rhinitis and allergies?

Can you explain the difference between vasomotor rhinitis and allergies?

Allergy vs. Not: Allergies happen when our bodies over-react to something like pollen, animal dander, foods. Vasomotor rhinitis is a stuffy runny nose that is *not* caused by allergies. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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Can you please explain the differences between year-round and seasonal allergies?

Can you please explain the differences between year-round and seasonal allergies?

Allergy exposure: Year-round allergies are those that are due to things that you are exposed to all year long (cat, dog, dust mites, cockroach, and some indoor molds). Seasonal allergies are allergies that occur due to sensitivity to pollens (tree pollens in the spring, grass in the late spring/early summer, weeds in the late summer/early fall, and some outdoor molds in the fall). ...Read more

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Can you explain the relationship between allergies and urticaria?

Can you explain the relationship between allergies and urticaria?

Allergy & Hives: Urticaria, or hives, are caused by release of histamine in the skin; this leads to itching and a raised rash. Histamine is also released in allergic reactions; in the nose it causes drainage & sneezing while in the lungs it causes wheezing & tightness. Hives can be due to an allergic response to a food or medicine but they can also be a contact response or due to direct histamine activation. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between seasonal allergies and the common cold?

What can you do to tell the difference between seasonal allergies and the common cold?

Season: Seasonal allergy occurs in pollen season when a cold is more likely to occur in the winter months. Allergies are not usually linked to a fever or muscle aches, but a cold often does. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between nasal allergy and sinusitis

Associated symptoms: Persons with nasal allergy typically have congestion, clear nasal discharge, itchy and watery eyes. If symptoms last more than one week, a viral cold is unlikely. If the drainage changes to anything other than clear, it may be infected (sinusitis). Colored drainage suggests infection, but clear drainage does not rule it out. Many allergic symptoms are seasonal, but not pet or dust mite allergy. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the difference between sinusitis, eosinophilia and bronchitis?

Can you please describe the difference between sinusitis, eosinophilia and bronchitis?

Clinical vs lab find: Sinusitis and bronchitis are clinical diagnosis that can be answered by your physician from the medical history. If you cough and raise discolored phlegm, you have bronchitis. If you have discolored drainage from you nose and sinuses, you have sinusitis. Eosinophilia is a laboratory finding on doing a blood count which is elevated in allergic diseases, such as allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma. ...Read more

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Sinusitis, allergies, or asthma, how to tell the difference?

Sinusitis, allergies, or asthma, how to tell the difference?

How treated.: Sinusitis: limited to the sinus and could be from allergies or asthma leading to infection. Allergies: could be to a trigger and relieved with antihistamines. Asthma: reversible airway obstruction(wheeze) with a beta agonist(rescue inhaler). Fastest way to tell without ptf. Don't self/ home medicate see primary md since these all may overlap. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between allergies and common cold?

How can you tell the difference between allergies and common cold?

Clues: Allergy clues: no fever. Lasts longer than 10-14 days. Seasonal. Itchy eyes. Related to something you breathed in or something new in your environment (dust, fumes, new animals). ...Read more

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Can you please describe the difference and symptoms between sinusitis, eosinophilia and bronchitis?

Separate entities: Sinusitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the sinuses. Eosinophilia is a condition characterized by extra eosinophils, a type of white blood cell. Bronchitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the bronchi, the smaller breathing tubes leading to the lungs. These are all separate entities and can exist together or separately. ...Read more

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What is the difference between rhinitis and nasal polyp?

What is the difference between rhinitis and nasal polyp?

2 different entities: A nasal polyp is an inflammatory growth from the lateral wall of the nose. Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose, for example allergic rhinitis. The two may be associated but they are totally different. ...Read more

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What are the differences between allergies and sinusitis?

What are the differences between allergies and sinusitis?

Several: Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses due to infection, either from bacteria, viruses or fungi. The symptoms are similar to allergy in many ways include runny nose, sinus pressure, headache, congestion, postnasal drainage, and decreased sense of smell. Sinus infections may also lead to fever, while allergies never cause fever. Allergies are sensitivities to various proteins (pollen, mold, pets). ...Read more

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What is the difference between rhinorrhea and rhinitis? Are the symptoms different?

What is the difference between rhinorrhea and rhinitis? Are the symptoms different?

Symptoms overlap: Rhinorrhea is the medical term for a runny nose lots of watery or mucousy nasal discahrge. Typically this comes from a cold or allergies. Rhinitis is the term for inflammation and irritation of the lining of the nose which can also come from allergies or colds. The latter often gives you a stuffy nose or post nasal drip but it can also lead to rhinorrhea. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between conjunctivitis and hay fever?

Can you tell me the difference between conjunctivitis and hay fever?

Almost the same.: Conjunctivitis describes inflammation of the clear covering over the white part of the eye. Allergic is one of the many causes and hay fever is a subtype of allergic conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between sinus problems and allergies?

How do you tell the difference between sinus problems and allergies?

Not easy: Sinus problem is a vague term and may mean headache, pressure, or congestion. Allergies often cause nasal congestion and congestion in the sinuses as well. In fact, the world allergy association would like to use the term allergy rhinosinusitis to denote the connection. See an allergist ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between a sinus infection and allergies?

What can you do to tell the difference between a sinus infection and allergies?

Rhinosinusitis: By saying allergies i suppose you refer to allergic rhinitis when you have seasonal sneezing spells, watery and itchy eyes and nose. Sinusitis and rhinitis are usually go together due to their anatomical proximity and they share the same mucus membrane lining. Sinusitis tends to cause more headache, sense of heaviness and fullness and sometimes affecting your sense of smells. ...Read more

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What is the difference between common cold and allergic rhinitis?

What is the difference between common cold and allergic rhinitis?

Virus vs allergy: The common cold is a viral infection of the lining of the nose, throat, etc. That is passed from person to person. There are actually many viruses that cause what we know as the "common cold". Allergic rhinitis is inflammation/swelling of the same lining of the nose, but due to a allergic response to environmental allergens: dust, mold, pollen, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sinusitis and rhinitis?

What is the difference between sinusitis and rhinitis?

Inflame vs infect: Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose while sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses. Both can be caused by either bacteria or viruses. Both can be caused by allergy or dysfunction of the nose or sinuses cause by chemicals or pollution. Both present differently depending on their cause. Infectious sinusitis can lead to inflammatory rhinitis. Infectious rhinitis can lead to inflammatory sinusitis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and rhinitis?

What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and  rhinitis?

Nose vs. sinuses: Rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal passages, while sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses around the nasal passages ... ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between an asthma cough and a cough due to environment like mold or dust?

How can you tell the difference between an asthma cough and a cough due to environment like mold or dust?

Cannot: You cannot tell the difference from listening to the cough. You need to take a listen to the lungs with a stethoscope. If the patient is wheezing then it is an asthma cough, if more nasal congestion and no wheezing more likely to be related to environmental allergies ...Read more

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Can you tell me the physiology of allergic rhinitis?

Can you tell me the physiology of allergic rhinitis?

Not Simple: Answering this question in 400 words is a little difficult. Allergic rhinitis occurs because of histamine release triggered by mast cell degranulation resulting from IgE antibodies bound to allergens sticking to receptors on the mast cells. Once histamine is released then swelling, itching, sneezing, can occur. Later eosinophils migrate into the area and creates congestion. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Vasomotor (Definition)

Causing or regulating dilation or constriction ...Read more