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Hay Fever Or Just A Cold Is It Ok To Use The Same Otc Meds For Either
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, or ibuprofen. Since allergic patients don't have fever, they don't need these two meds. Tylenol 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hay fever has nothing to do with hay and there is no fever. It is allergic rhinitis. About 20% of people develop rhinitis. Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose due to overactivity of t cells in the nose. Mild irritants will increase symptoms, i.e., irritant rhinitis. In 80% of rhinitis cases there is allergic antibody production so there is also an ...Read more
Fever or itching?: There is no fever with hay fever; in the spring it is due to tree pollen not hay. If you have itchy nose, eyes then it is probably a pollen allergy; try an otc antihistamine (e.g. Allegra, zyrtec). If you have fever without itching then it is probaby a "cold" so take tylenol or asa for fever and otc sudafed 12 hour for stuffy nose (avoid sudafed with hbp, heart condition). If it persists see md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Hay fever vs cold: From a practical perspective, the symptoms of both of these disorders are the same--runny nose and sneezing, perhaps also with itching, running eyes. The difference is that a cold will only last 3-4 days usually, while allergy symptoms tend to be chronic (eg., last all spring). So if your cold symtpoms don't quit after a week, you probably have allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Itchy eyes or fever: Hay fever is caused by exposure to allergens. Colds are caused by germs. Both can give you a runny and or stuffy nose with sneezing, but allergies often cause itchy eyes as well. If there is a fever than an infection is typically the cause but not all infections cause fever. Heyfever often lasts for weeks, colds should resolve in several days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i'm allergic, and someone has a cold, can I catch the cold and then have a hay fever plus a cold?
Yes: Yes, you can have both. They're unrelated, so unfortunately, one doesn't buy you a pass from the other. ...Read more
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