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Hay Fever Coughing
Hay fever, cough with mucous, sore painful throat, hoarse voice, nasal congestion, itchy ears. Which is better, benadryl or Allegra?
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
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
I've had hay fever and been around my allergies so I'm sneezing a lot, but my abs are hurting everytime I sneeze and cough, is this normal?
A portion of my back and my arms ache badly when I cough. My doctor had told me it could be symptoms of Hay fever. Kindly assist what needs to b done?
I wake up with cold symptoms (bunged up nose coughing and sore throat) this goes during the day but comes back early evening. Is this hay fever?
Possibly: If this has been going on for less than 10 days, it is most likely a cold. If it has been present for a long time, then allergy should be considered. Try nasal steroid for a week or so. If not helpful. See doctor or allergist. ...Read more
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
Treatment will help: Hay fever, or 'allergic rhinitis' can be troublesome. There are a host of over the counter meds - antihistamines that help control symptoms. Avoidance of the triggers - pollen, animal dander etc is helpful. Some people advocate immunotherapy. Best to see your doc for options and a referral if you want to try the immunotherapy. Hope you feel better. ...Read more
Allergy medicines: Hay fever (allergies) is usually due to pollens that are in the air. Some people are allergic to molds and other substances. One can wear a mask when working outdoors or when hiking. Avoid playing outdoors when the pollen or smog levels are high. Medicines such as Claritin otc, zyrtec otc, or prescription eye drops and nasal steroid sprays are helpful. Allergy shots are another option. ...Read more
Treatment: You need a stepped approach to treatment. Eliminate the allergen, go on loratidine or cetrizine, and use eye drops. I start with zaditor which is over the counter and this fails consider prescription mess such as bepreve (bepotastine besilate). Tough cases do well on alrex. Talk to your eye doctor. ...Read more
Allergies: See an allergist to determine the best approach to treat your allergies. Do not waste your money on crappy over-the-counter antihistamines that are marginally effective. See an allergist who can find an excellent guide to work with you to get the allergy symptoms under control. ...Read more
So many choices now: Many options over the counter now for hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec and their generics; Flonase and Nasacort (triamcinolone) and their generics; Sudafedrine, and Zaditor (ketotifen) eyedrops usually will do the trick. If not, see an allergist. ...Read more
See an allergist: For uncontrollable hay fever (allergic rhinitis) symptoms, meanwhile saline nasal washes, regular OTC cetirizine, loratadine or fexofenadine, and steroid nasal spray, but read the labels carefully. Check aaaai. Org it acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more
Efficient?: Unusual way to phrase it. Though most patients respond to OTC antihistamines, many don't, which would be a waste of money (thus inefficient). Likely more effective would be intranasal steroids (insurance covers these), though not for all symptoms. 20 yrs of hay fever? Four months of allergy injections very likely resolve the symptoms entirely. That's efficiency. Drug failure? An allergist can help ...Read more
Multiple options: "hay fever" often refers to allergic rhinitis or other forms of rhinitis or a runny nose. The runny nose and congestion are caused by chemical mediators like histamine or leukotrienes. So taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and loratidine (claritin) help block the chemical mediators your body produces and helps stop the symptoms. Nasal sine, decongestants, steriid nose prays can help as well. ...Read more
Time: Early on the symptoms may seem similar, but a cold will resolve after 7-10 days while allergies are more prolonged. With hay fever (allergic rhinitis) there is more itching and sneezing and the nasal mucus is predominately clear and watery. Frequently there are eye itching, redness with allergies and no fever. Allergies respond to antihistamines more so than colds. ...Read more
Hard to say it: Depends on how old you are now....Children often have the symptoms for many years, . Sometimes they become less as adolescents. But may come back in the 20s or 30s...If you are an adult they can last a long time. But may also go away as you get older. But it is also true from year to year your symptoms can vary, . ..Seeing an allergist will help you the most. ...Read more
Yes: There is an over the counter supplement called butterbur, which woks similarly to prescription singulair (montelukast). It has to be taken daily for about three to four weeks before seing improvement. If your symptoms generally start in march, you should start taking it second week I february. For dosing, follow the specific instructions on the supplement bottle. ...Read more
Cold vs. Hay fever: Colds often occur during the late fall/winter, lasting several days; seasonal allergies occur during the spring and late summer/early fall pollen seasons lasting weeks. Colds may have fever, sore throat, discolored drainage, body aches, cough; allergies symptoms may include itching eyes, nose and throat, sneezing and clear drainage. Allergy symptoms may be worse outdoors with pollen exposure. ...Read more
Symptoms and testing: The usual symptoms of hayfever (seasonal allergies) are sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, itchy nose and frequently itchy, watery red eyes. Symptoms typically improve with antihistamines. A board certified allergist can assist in identifying the trigger through testing and develop an individualized treatment plan that can meet your needs. While there is no cure, control and relief is possible! ...Read more