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Hay Fever Chills
By skin or blood: When you see an allergist, they will first take a detailed history of your symptoms(runny nose, headaches, itchy eyes etc) and then examine you. Usually a simple scratch test is done(answers within 15-20 minutes). But some will first do a blood test(aanswers within 2-4 days). ...Read more
Pollen allergy: Originally hay fever referred to sneezing, runny nose, and nasal stuffiness due to allergy to fall pollens. The name was derived due to the fact that it occurs around the time that hay is cut and baled. Over time, it has expanded to be a general term to describe allergic rhinitis regardless of the cause. ...Read more
Itching & sneezing: Are symptoms specific for allergic rhinitis. When absent & you have other symptoms of rhinitis — congestion, runny nose, burning, post nasal drip, coughing — think a cold, sinus infection or non-allergic rhinitis. Itchy eyes & top of your mouth are other specific symptoms of allergic rhinitis. It's called hay fever because it occurs in late summer when farmers mow the tall grass to make hay. ...Read more
Tis the season...: For sneezin' and wheezin'. Just got through peak for spring tree and grass (hay) pollen on Eastern coast. Spring and fall are the times of high pollen; in the plains and western states fall ragweed/weeds dominate. OK and west TX "enjoy" February "cedar fever". But if you include mold spores, any peroid of moisture (April showers, slow moving hurricanes, snow melt) can trigger airborne allergies. ...Read more
Somewhat: After an allergist helps you figure out exactly which items cause your symptoms then some things can be done to lessen exposures: keeping windows closed --clean filters in car---- take preventive medicines. ...Read more
Allergy shots: If by "best" you mean "cure" then allergy immunotherapy, either injections or possibly sublingual drops, are the answer. Medications, avoidance, and saline rinses only relieve symptoms. Immunotherapy changes the course of the disease; for many providing a cure, for some dramatic improvement. Immunotherapy is disease-altering. Everything else is stopgap. ...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
Fever, length: Hay fever (an allergic response to pollen) and flu (a viral infection) may have similar symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, congestion, headache, scratchy throat) but differ in important ways. Allergies can last weeks but flu lasts 1-2 weeks. Allergies don't cause fever whereas flu can cause high temperature & chills. Of course, flu is contagious but allergies are not. Consult your doctor to be sure. ...Read more
It takes time but: There are vgood treatments. If you have been suffering for a while, 1st see a board certified allergist(www.Acaai. Org) in your area. They will take complete history of your symptoms, what medications you have tried, & do some simple testing. Then a specific vaccine plan can be made which is the closest to a cure... Most patients with whom I do the above are very happy (fewer symptoms, fewer meds). ...Read more
Possibly.....: A chronic cough can be due to bronchospasm which can be caused by allergies, including the seasonal allergies that result in "hay-fever". See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and treatment rendered. If you do have bronchospasm, treatment with a bronchodilator and steroid inhaler may be needed. ...Read more
Not always: Allergies don't cause a fever, and usually last longer than a cold(10days). An itchy nose is more frequent with allergies, and the mucous from an allergy is usually clear... Severe aches = cold not an allergy. Check out this link http://www.Niaid. Nih. Gov/topics/allergicdiseases/documents/coldallergy. Pdf. ...Read more
Yes, sometimes: If you are talking about nasal congestion, the answer is yes. ...Read more
Usually not: But ask your doctor whether you need it. ...Read more
Not always: Allergies don't cause a fever, and usually last longer than a cold(>10days). An itchy nose is more frequent with allergies, and the mucous from an allergy is usually clear... Severe aches = cold not an allergy. Check out this link http://www.Niaid. Nih. Gov/topics/allergicdiseases/documents/coldallergy. Pdf. ...Read more
See an allergist: What does that mean? I have no idea what you are asking. See an allergist. ...Read more
It depends: Hay fever and colds r 2 different diseases. Some ingredients treating one disease is not needed in the other. Otc cold meds often contain tylenol, (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Since allergic patients don't have fever, they don't need these two meds. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can cause liver damage if taken too much, esp in people already have liver disease. Ibuprofen can cause stomach pain, sometime ulcer. Be careful. ...Read more
Hay fever is it: Hay fever is a form of seasonal allergic rhinitis caused by allergy to ragweed. Ragweed pollenates during late august to early september, the traditional time for mowing hay. 19th century physicians thought that this malady of the nose & eyes might be due in some fashion to particles released by freshly mowed hay. "Fever" is a 19th century term for inflammation & doesn't mean temperature elevation. ...Read more
Both together: A cold is caused by a respiratory virus while hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is an allergic reaction --without fever [despite the name]. Hay fever is triggered by pollens, mold spores, animal dander but not cold viruses. It is certainly possible to have allergies and then develop a cold simultaneously. Then you feel twice as bad... ...Read more