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Hay fever or just a cold? Is it ok to use the same OTC meds for either?

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, (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

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It just a cold or is it hay fever, and how can you tell in the springtime?

It just a cold or is it hay fever, and how can you tell in the springtime?

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 (acetaminophen) or asa for fever and otc sudafed 12 hour for stuffy nose (avoid sudafed with hbp, heart condition). If it persists see md. ...Read more

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It just a cold or is it hay fever? How can I tell?

It just a cold or is it hay fever? How can I tell?

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

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It just a cold or is it hay fever? I live on a farm

It just a cold or is it hay fever? I live on a farm

? Both: Clolds tend to last for a few days and will have fever. Allergy on the other had will last weeks at a time, particularly season allergies, and is not associated with fever. Both can have nasal congestions, sneezing and discharge from the nose. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hay fever and a cold?

What is the difference between hay fever and a cold?

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 more

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How can you differentiate between hay fever and cold?

How can you differentiate between hay fever and cold?

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 more

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How to tell if I have a cold or hay fever?

How to tell if I have a cold or hay fever?

Treatment: Time. Allergies should get better with treatment. You need a stepped approach to treatment. Eliminate the allergen, go on loratidine or cetrizine, talk to your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is allergic rhinitis the same thing as hay fever?

Is allergic rhinitis the same thing as hay fever?

Yes: Hay fever is the popular term for seasonal allergic rhinitis that occurs in late summer on the east coast and in central states to the rockie mountains. ...Read more

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What is a good means of determining if I have a cold or hay fever?

What is a good means of determining if I have a cold or hay fever?

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

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It happens that a common cold then trigger hay fever, or can you have both together?

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

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