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I've had sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat, and chills (no fever). Does this sound like a cold or allergies?

I've had sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat, and chills (no fever). Does this sound like a cold or allergies?

Cold: These are all symptoms of a cold. Allergy is less likely since this is so widespread. Do the usual: Plenty of fluids, warmth, hot baths and over the counter decongestants like Chlorpheneramine and expectorants if you are coughing. See your doctor if this is persistent. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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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Runny nose, sneezing, slight cough and watery eyes in a baby?

Runny nose, sneezing, slight cough and watery eyes in a baby?

Sounds like a cold: This is pretty typical as the early signs of a URI in an infant. As long as they stay on their regular pattern of activities including feeding & rest, this can be monitored. If the infants playful activities decline, feeding drops off & or they have obvious breathing difficulty, an evaluation is warrented. ...Read more

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My 20 month old has sneezing, runny nose, red watery eyes and coughing. It sounds like the flim is stuck around her respiratory area? She has been given children's allegra and Tylenol. Doesn't seem to help much! Temperature is 97.4. How concerned should

My 20 month old has sneezing, runny nose, red watery eyes and coughing. It sounds like the flim is stuck around her respiratory area? She has been given children's allegra and Tylenol. Doesn't seem to help much! Temperature is 97.4. How concerned should

Probably viral: Child probably has a viral Upper respiratory infection. Usually takes 5-7 days regardless. If lethargic, not drinking, not responding, difficulty breathing, or fever returning then doctor needs to see her again. Children of this age group are incapable of throwing out phlegm but do a very decent job of coughing it up &then swallowing which actually removes it from the respiratory system. ...Read more

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8mo with runny nose (clear during the day but thick & green @ night), watery itchy eyes, sneezing & cough. No fever so far. Allergy, flu, or cold?

8mo with runny nose (clear during the day but thick & green @ night), watery itchy eyes, sneezing & cough. No fever so far. Allergy, flu, or cold?

Allergy: The itching points to allergy and not cold or flu. It appears that the baby may have eczema as well judging from the topical steroid use. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my 4 months old has a terrible cold, runny nose, watery eyes and cough no fever so what can I give him?

Should I be concerned if my 4 months old has a terrible cold, runny nose, watery eyes and cough no fever so what can I give him?

Yes: I would suggest you bring your child to see a local pediatrician to be evaluated. Since your child is only 4 months and has terrible symptoms like you described, there are not many otc meds you can use. ...Read more

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50 yrs; fever (100+) and chills, runny nose, cough, tired, watery eyes, stuffy. Since sunday. "dr: virus, hydrate and rest. Should I go to ER tonite?

50 yrs; fever (100+) and chills, runny nose, cough, tired, watery eyes, stuffy. Since sunday. "dr: virus, hydrate and rest. Should I go to ER tonite?

Not Emergency: No. Absolutely not. You are engaged in health care. You are not dying. You have no life threatening symptoms. You have a standard viral illness. The only concern I have is a persistent fever. Your physician should be informed soon if the fever does not improve. But that is primary care medicine not emergency medicine. ...Read more

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What to do if I have runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing when my body gets too tired and is deprived of sleep. What is it?

What to do if I have runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing when my body gets too tired and is deprived of sleep. What is it?

Prevention: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Try to avoid getting too tired and sleep deprived. But if it occurs, treat the symptoms as best you can. An OTC antihistamine, like Zyrtec (cetirizine) would help the nose, and sneezing, and there are several OTC products to help the eyes. ...Read more

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What is the best thingbtobdo for runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing?

What is the best thingbtobdo for runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing?

See an allergist: Your symptoms strongly suggest environmental allergy. Stay indoors as much as you can, drive with closed window and recirculate air, at home close windows. You can take otc anti-histamines, such as cetirizine, fexofenadine of loratadine; irrigate nose with saline, artifiical tears to eyes and drops such as ketotifen. If all these don't help, see an allergist. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat which just started today, a headache I've had for a week, and a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. I've got green snot today?

I have a sore throat which just started today, a headache I've had for a week, and a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. I've got green snot today?

Sounds like a cold: I am sorry you feel so bad. Fortunately, it sounds like you have a "good" cold. The green snot isn't likely to be a sign of an infection yet though and I would not recommend an antibiotic. Drinking lots of fluids, taking Ibuprofen and maybe some cold medicine is probably the best way to go at this point. ...Read more

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Do you know any good medicine for a cold/ runny nose/ chills / sneezing/ and watery eyes?

Do you know any good medicine for a cold/ runny nose/ chills / sneezing/ and watery eyes?

OTC: You have many options. I like Allegra (fexofenadine) d during the day, nyquil at night. Excessive watery eyes, opcon a. If no better, see your doctor for more rx options. ...Read more

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My son is 9 months old. I think he has some seasional allergies. He is sneezing a lot, red watery eyes, and runny nose and all discharge is clear?

Don't assume allergy: If I blow pepper in your face, you sneeze & drain the same as those with allergy. I find babies have more congestion with scented cleaning products, perfume, smoke & other irritants than they do with animal dander or pollens. The tiny nasal passages that become very noisy with a little mucous or swelling gives many the wrong idea. Thease are not little copies of adult problems, their issues differ. ...Read more

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My throat kinda hurts when I swallow my saliva, and I have a runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes. What happened?

My throat kinda hurts when I swallow my saliva, and I have a runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes. What happened?

Consult Eye MD: If persistent red eyes, new onset blurred vision, or excessive tearing...Then consult eye md to evaluate for possible dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, tear drainage system blockage, or other ocular allergies, infections, or inflammations versus simple viral conjunctivitis associated with viral upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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Congested, runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes specially right eye upper lid little bit swollen. Is it Cold or allergies?

Congested, runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes specially right eye upper lid little bit swollen. Is it Cold or allergies?

Cold vs allergies: It can be hard to tell the difference between a cold and allergies: A common cold lasts no longer than 10 days; allergies can be present for months. See eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com for more info. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate allergy symptoms (watery eyes, runny nose, clogged ears, sneezing)?

How can I alleviate allergy symptoms (watery eyes, runny nose, clogged ears, sneezing)?

Many ways: The most common answer you will get from docs is "allergy meds". In addition, avoidance of the allergens is a powerful solution, but often difficult to achieve. Rinsing away those allergens from your nose can be hugely successful. Consider using a daily nasal rinse of saline. Like rinsing dust off your car, daily nasal saline rinses wash away allergens, virus, bacteria. Nice effect. Try it. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for common cold? I get a very bad one I get body aches sneezing watery eyes stuffed nose headache runny nose it's awful

Is there a vaccine for common cold? I get a very bad one I get body aches sneezing watery eyes stuffed nose headache runny nose it's awful

Cold vaccine: Unfortunately there are no vaccines for the common cold.Have you been evaluated for allergies? Your symptoms could be allergy related. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the flu without a fever, I keep sneezing have a sore throat, itchy eye, dry cough, back pain, headach & runny nose?

Is it possible to have the flu without a fever, I keep sneezing have a sore throat, itchy eye, dry cough, back pain, headach & runny nose?

Mgt: From your description, another possible cause is an allergic reaction. I would recommend a dose of an over the counter antihistamine to assess if it helps.
Have you had your flu vaccination? If not, I would recommend it unless otherwise contraindicated. ...Read more

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I have persistent strong allergys that accores all day, I never had allergys this strong. Symptoms: nasal congestion, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezy.

I have persistent strong allergys that accores all day, I never had allergys this strong. Symptoms: nasal congestion, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezy.

Allergy: Hello. I'm not sure what your question is however your symptoms do suggest allergy. A trial of zyrtec or Allegra may prove to help more than claritin (loratadine). Also see your doctor who may wish to refer for testing or try other prescription medication. Good luck. ...Read more

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My toddler has a runny nose, watery red eyes, sneezing but no fever. Could it be allergies?

My toddler has a runny nose, watery red eyes, sneezing but no fever. Could it be allergies?

Allergies present: Yes. Do you have a smoker in the house? Have you gotten a new pet in the house, dog or cat. See an allergist for help. ...Read more

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Toddler with fever, runny nose, and watery eyes?

Toddler with fever, runny nose, and watery eyes?

Common cold: If the fever is not high, and they do not have difficulty breathing, then keep them comfortable and well hydrated and let it runs its course. Most colds resolve within a few days. If they have high fever and/or difficulty breathing and/or they develop other symptoms, then they should be seen for an evaluation by their pediatrician or hospital emergency room depending on availability. ...Read more

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My 2 year old granddaughter has a fever along with watery eyes and a runny nose. What should I give her?

Give love and soup!: You don't actually need to give her anything. If her fever is under 104 and she is drinking ok and not complaining of pain, it is really better to let her run the fever to help fight her infection. With the runny nose, there are not alot of great helpful meds for a 2 y/o. As helpful is humidity, fluids (good ole chicken soup) and the cuddle of someone to let her know you are there for her. ...Read more

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Two-year old female with a fever runny nose and watery eyes?

Two-year old female with a fever runny nose and watery eyes?

Virus: Probable viral infection that may last as ling as 5-7 days. But consult your pediatrician to be sure. ...Read more

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What could be wrong if you 18month old had a sinus infect. But days later started with a runny/stuffy nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, wheezing?

What could be wrong if you 18month old had a sinus infect. But days later started with a runny/stuffy nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, wheezing?

Upper reinfection: Chest colds are prone to become upper airway or eyes ear nose and throat as well. Symptomatic treatment usually best but if trouble breathing or increasingly fussy aisle at infection and or fluid might be a problem if so see your child's health practitioner. ...Read more

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I have been stuffy, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes runny nose and sore thrat all day. I have taken nyquil. Now I am having sharp chest pain. Why?

I have been stuffy, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes runny nose and sore thrat all day. I have taken nyquil. Now I am having sharp chest pain. Why?

Couple possibilities: Sharp chest pain can be a symptom of asthma especially since the other symptoms of runny nose and watery eyes suggest allergies. Asthma and allergies frequently co-occur. Chest pain could be from strained muscles in the chest wall from severe coughing. Less likely possibilities include pneumonia or an air leak from the lungs called pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum. A chest x-ray would help. ...Read more

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Runny nose, watery eyes, and hard cough for 3 days. Now my right chest near lung is sore when coughing and breathing. Took clartin D?

Runny nose, watery eyes, and hard cough for 3 days. Now my right chest near lung is sore when coughing and breathing. Took clartin D?

Need to be seen: By your doctor or urgent care, you may very well need prescription medications after evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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11 months watery eyes, runny nose, mild cough and rectal temp. Up to 40. This z been happn 4 1 month on and off. Doc says its viral. Is it viral infc.

11 months watery eyes, runny nose, mild cough and rectal temp. Up to 40. This z been happn 4 1 month on and off. Doc says its viral. Is it viral infc.

Workup: A rectal temp of 40 C is unlikely to be due to an allergic reaction, but some of your other symptoms could be related to an allergic reaction..
The fever should be further evaluated, and a physical exam to diagnose a cause of the fevers, along with testing should be performed. ...Read more

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I feel this: -runny nose -cough -watery eyes -headache. Any ideas? Should I go to the doctor?

I feel this: -runny nose -cough -watery eyes -headache. Any ideas? Should I go to the doctor?

See PCP: I would see your pcp. In the meantime, drink fluids, get plenty of rest, wash your hands often and clean your house, car, cell phone to disinfect. ...Read more

Watery Eyes (Definition)

Tears out of proportion. Eyes need tear film to keep the cornea clear of any local or environmental foreign materials. The tears are produced by local as well as accessory lacrimal glands and are constantly being replaced by evaporation or suction by the nasolacrimal system into the nose. Watery eyes can result from many causes, some of which being too much production ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more