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What distinguishes a head cold from seasonal, pollen allergies?

What distinguishes a head cold from seasonal, pollen allergies?

Sneezing, itching: Good question. Often times it is difficult to distinguish the two. Seasonal allergies will usually be triggered at the same time every year and you will notice a pattern. You will also notice some symptoms like itchy red eyes and sneezing. Many of the symptoms do overlap though. ...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


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Is hay fever a seasonal allergy in cold clinate?

Is hay fever a seasonal allergy in cold clinate?

Seasonal rhinitis: Hay fever is a misnomer for a form of seasonal rhinits. It may arise in any climate. We call it seasonal rhinitis and it is usually aggrevated in the spring or fall. ...Read more

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What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

Both are viruses: Flu and cold both are caused by viruses.Flu is caused by influenza virus and common cold is caused by one of the rhino viruses and not bacteria. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a cold from allergies?

What distinguishes a cold from allergies?

Good question: Some time it is hard to tell. In general, when you have a cold, someone else in the family or office often has one. A cold is often associated with a low-grade fever but allergy is not. You may also notice fatigue as well as joint or muscle ache with a cold but not with allergy. Hay fever may respond to antihistamine but a cold does not. ...Read more

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Can allergy shots prevent sore throats from cold dry weather? Also protect against throat infections?

Can allergy shots prevent sore throats from cold dry weather? Also protect against throat infections?

No: Allergy shots are meant to retrain your immune system not to over-react when exposed to an allergen that causes allergy symptoms such as pollens, dust mites, cat dander, etc.. When allergic reaction is reduced, inflammation of the airways, upper or lower, is reduced, and that indirectly would make you less prone to symptoms of sore throat, dryness or repeated colds, or airway hyper-responsiveness ...Read more

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What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

Type 1 more common: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2. Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves to the surface to form blisters that break open, spreading more virus. Type 1 is more common on the lips, and type 2 more common on the genitals. With people engaging in oral sex, either type can be in one or both locations. ...Read more

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What leads to cold sore, herpes simplex virus?

What leads to cold sore, herpes simplex virus?

Yes: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior. ...Read more

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Is the cold sore virus the same as genital herpes virus?

Herpes simplex: There are two serological types of this virus. It was formerly felt that type1 produced oral and lip cold sores and that type2 produced genital herpes, but with oral sex so common both types can be found in both places. The virus is essentially the same, but the serotypes are different. There is also some difference in their capacity to produce central nervous system disease. ...Read more

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What's the dif between bronchiospam and airway reactivity? (bronchitis 2ndry to cold? Virus?, cough inc@nite intrpting sleep)

What's the dif between bronchiospam and airway reactivity? (bronchitis 2ndry to cold? Virus?, cough inc@nite intrpting sleep)

Bronchitis: This condition is due to a virus in about 95% of cases. Airway reactivity is the fact that the tubes into your lungs are inflamed, and as a result contract (bronchospasm) with outside stimuli. There are numerous cough meds otc usually contained dextromethorphan. ...Read more

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Is a respiratory and sinus infection different from the flu /virus?

Is a respiratory and sinus infection different from the flu /virus?

Yes: Influenza virus can cause respiratory tract symptoms and can produce changes that may lead to secondary sinus infections. You are talking apples and oranges. One is the causative agent of infection and the others are the anatomic sites and symptoms which may occur. ...Read more

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20 asthma severe dust allergy pet fur feather some food allergy recurrent sinus upper respiratory infections pale low energy swollen glands nausea?

20 asthma severe dust allergy pet fur feather some food allergy recurrent sinus upper respiratory infections pale low energy swollen glands nausea?

Lots of allergies : There are many complaints and symptoms - many of which may be related to your allergies. Go see an allergist and work through your symptoms. ...Read more

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Post Nasal Drip and Bad Breath? Allergic Rhinitis , Colds, Cough viral and bacterial infections, Toothache, Mouth breathing

Post Nasal Drip and Bad Breath?  Allergic Rhinitis , Colds, Cough viral and bacterial infections, Toothache, Mouth breathing

See your physician: There are many and various illnesses which could match your description. I can appreciate your concerned, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for physical and referral to other specialties (e.g. dentist , ENT) if needed. Take good care. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Cold sores - HSV1: Yes - cold sores and fever blisters are the same thing and are most commonly caused by HSV-1. Rarely, HSV-2 can cause oral herpes given the increased practices of oral sex compared with decades ago (i.e. the 1950s). You will note STRESS causes these to come out (for example after a fever from another illness), so best to keep stress levels to an absolute minimum. These are infectious to others BTW ...Read more

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Whats cold contact urticaria?

Whats cold contact urticaria?

Hives with cold skin: People who have cold induced urticaria release histamine in their skin when it cools. People react at different temperatures. If you place an ice cube on your skin you will develop a hive at the site (see photo). Keep warm, cover skin in cold air, take antihistamines. Swimming in cold water and cold drinks can be fatal. See an allergist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Help! how does the cold virus differ from HIV virus?

Help! how does the cold virus differ from HIV virus?

Totally different: The common cold which causes upper respiratory tract infections is caused by more than 200 different types of virus. The HIV virus is part of the family known as human retroviruses. The differences and similarities are far too lengthy to discuss in this type of setting. ...Read more

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Is geographic tongue related to herpes simplex virus or another virus?

Is geographic tongue related to herpes simplex virus or another virus?

No: The cause is unknown. As it tends to run in families, there may be a genetic or familial link. Some suspect an alteration in the immune response as many patient who have psoriasis also have a geographic tongue. To my knowledge, there has been no link to virus as the cause. More info at http://www.Aaomp.Org/public/geographic-tongue.Php. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more