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Fever Symptoms Without Temperature
Multiple ways: Avoid going out when pollen counts are high and avoid other things you may be allergic to. Antihistamines particularly the newer low drowsiness ones can help with eye itching and sneezing. Prescription nasal steroids and antihistamine nasal sprays are very helpful. After allergy testing, appropriate allergy shot or drops can make you less sensitive. Mantihistamine eye drops can help eye symptoms. ...Read more
Joint stiffness: These symptoms are common with infections/ inflammation. Viral/ bacterial/rickettsial/ parasites can cause these symptoms. Viral illnesses are the most common etiology. Other causes may include rheumatological causes/auto-immune diseases, inflammation following infections but are less common. ...Read more
1) identify your allergens (the things you are allergic to) - often done by an allergist.
2) avoid the things that you are allergic to when possible.
3) take medications to reduce the symptoms of hay fever (like antihistamines).
4) see an allergist for immunotherapy ("allergy shots") to build up you're immune system's tolerance for the allergens. ...Read more
I have been having a dry cough for weeks now (no other cold or fever symptoms). Any recommendations for what to do?
See your doctor: If you are coughing more than a couple of weeks, your doctor should evaluate yours symptoms for diseases beside infectious etiology, allergy, tumor, collagen vascular disease. ...Read more
nasalcrom, benadryl (diphenhydramine): Nasalcrom spray and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are also acceptable otc meds for this age. Children are much less often sedated by Benadryl (diphenhydramine) than adults, and sometimes it is more effective than claritin, zyrtec or allegra. Nasalcrom works best if given before a known exposure, like visiting grandma's cat. It also works if used regularly over time, but most little ones balk when you spray their noses. ...Read more
It is good that you exercise. Keep up the exercise as tolerated.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
I'm experiencing severe hay fever symptoms, took one 10mg Loratadine tab, got insufficient relief- can I take 5 or 10mg more?
You can, but...: You are unlikely to receive significant additional benefit from increasing the dose of loratadine in a case like this. Antihistamines are often inadequate to control the inflammation associated with moderate rhinitis. Furthermore, loratadine can take hours to reach its full effect. ...Read more
Nothing to sneeze at: Severe hay fever requires prescription medication. Otc antihistamines (loratadine, fexofenadine, cetirizine) help with most symptoms, but usually not with nasal stuffiness. Oral decongestant combinations may be help with stuffiness, but have side effects. Topical decongestants (nose and eyes) should not be used more than 5 days. The best solution is allergy shots by a board-certified allergist. ...Read more
If I have fever symptoms that are improving and smoke marijuana, will they get worse after or will the marijuana have no effect?
Marijuana and fever: There is good evidence that marijuana suppresses the immune system to some degree. So, if your fever is due to an infection, the marijuana will make it harder for your body's immune system to fight the infection. My suggestion is to avoid marijuana use until you are back to normal. ...Read more
I don't have flu or fever symptoms but I cough a lot while lying in bed and try to sleep. What is the cause and what I can I do?
Hi there, today I visited my local nurse who diagnosed me with a viral rash, however I am not sick. I just have slight hay fever symptoms. Help!
Monitor and be well: There are many causes of rash. Some are viral, some are bacterial, some are allergic, and many are of unclear cause. My strong advice to you is to monitor the rash. If it gets worse or if you develop other symptoms like fever and pain, you should see a doctor. If the rash does not go away and you still don't have symptoms, you should see a dermatologist. ...Read more