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Can You Have A Cold Without A Runny Nose
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
If I have a sometimes runny nose and a sometimes stuffy nose with sneezing and a raspy throat. Would that be considered a cold?
Rhinitis: What you have is consistent with rhinitis with post nasal drip. Frequent sneezing spells make it likely due to allergy to aero allergens or environmental allergies. Common cold is rhinitis due to viral infection where there are too many viruses to be tested for. If this recurs often, you should see an allergist to check out if it is due to environmental allergies so you would get proper treatment. ...Read more
Not necessarily: The symptoms of a sinus infection often involve a post nasal drip as opposed to a runny nose. The nasal passages can actually be relatively clear if the sinuses are totally blocked and then there will often be a headache or facial pain and tenderness. The drainage will often be worse upon lying down and can trigger a cough. ...Read more
Is anti-histamine bad for you when you have a cold? Can it help a little bit with the runny nose and stuffy nose?
Is it possible to have a sinus infection or sinus pressure without having a runny nose/ clogged nose?
Yes: The infection could be present without nasal discharge if enough blockage is present in the sinus outlets or nasal passages. This would usually cause discomfort in the area of the infected sinus and result in forehead or cheek pressure/pain. ...Read more
Yes: Conjunctivitis or "pink eye" as it is often called is most often caused by viruses. Very contagious and tends to spread to the other eye by self contamination. Limit your exposure to others and perform proper eyelid hygiene, ocular decongestants can ease the symptoms, artificial tears, and Acetaminophen for mild pain control. If worsens, particularly if your vision is affected, photophobic, see md. ...Read more
Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm >>. ...Read more
Yes: A sinus infection occurs when bacteria (most commonly) grow and create pain/pressure in one of the sinuses. Many times, one of the ostia, the openings from the sinus into the nasal passages get plugged up for various reasons without typical sinsus symptoms. Recently had a patient with severe sinusitis whose only symptom was a bad cough. Otherwise felt fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a runny nose with yellow mucus is this a infection or a virus sore nose and throat too treatments?
Probably a virus: Almost all nasal infections that lead to yellow mucus begin as viral infections. If you've only been sick for a day or two it is most certainly a virus at this point and should improve over the next week. If after 7 to 10 days you're no better or worse then the possibility of bacterial superinfection becomes greater. At that point antibiotics may be needed. For now hydration, tylenol (acetaminophen) and rest. ...Read more
Deviated septum: A deviated septum is not an uncommon problem. It can lead to nasal obstruction, snoring and even sinus issues. You only need surgery if you are having symptoms.If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It could happen: Recurrent oral herpes (cold sore) outbreaks usually occur in pretty much the same place every time, usually on or near the lips. But it can happen anywhere nearby, including the nose. If the bridge of your nose is a new place, a cold sore is less likely. If this is your first possible outbreak, probably it's something else. If in doubt, see a doctor for professional evaluation and testing. ...Read more
When pregnant can you have listeriosis without any symptoms? Or will you always have symptoms? Is stuffy, runny nose a symtpom?
Not likely: Asymptomatic infection is rare. Usually diarrhea, not sniffles. From a medical textbook: "Obstetricians may receive calls from pregnant patients who ate food implicated in an outbreak of listeriosis that frequently receives wide media publicity. It is reasonable to reassure the asymptomatic patient and to recommend cultures of stool and blood for patients with any symptoms, including diarrhea." ...Read more
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