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What distinguishes a head cold from seasonal, pollen allergies?

What distinguishes a head cold from seasonal, pollen allergies?

Sneezing, itching: Good question. Often times it is difficult to distinguish the two. Seasonal allergies will usually be triggered at the same time every year and you will notice a pattern. You will also notice some symptoms like itchy red eyes and sneezing. Many of the symptoms do overlap though. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Major allergies. Sore throat, nose stuffy, swollen cheeks and eyes. What kind of allergy medicine actually works ?

Major allergies. Sore throat, nose stuffy, swollen cheeks and eyes. What kind of allergy medicine actually works ?

Rheumatology: Rheumatology is the branch of medicine that tests and treats allergies. You should visit a rheumatologist to get allergy testing. If you are taking medicine, this could be a serious allergic reaction if your face is swollen, see an MD right away before anything else. Antihistamines work well for allergies but you want to figure out what to treat.+ Pregnancy test before any medicine if possible. ...Read more

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How do you distinguish if sneezing is from allergies or from common cold? mainly sneezing, no cough, itchy throat and nose, sinus pressure, congested

How do you distinguish if sneezing is from allergies or from common cold? mainly sneezing, no cough, itchy throat and nose, sinus pressure, congested

Allergies: All of the symptoms you describe sound allergic. If you develop a cough with mucus, a sore throat, and/or a low grade fever - that would be more like a cold. The best way to distinguish would be to see an ENT physician - the appearance inside the nose of an allergic patient is very unique. ...Read more

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Seasonal allergy remedy? Constant face pressure, itchy throat, nasal congestion, post nasal drip, etc. Happens every year with the pollen

Seasonal allergy remedy? Constant face pressure, itchy throat, nasal congestion, post nasal drip, etc. Happens every year with the pollen

Many meds: Start with an over the counter antihistamine such as Allegra or zyrtec. If your symptoms are not usually controlled on them, you need a nasal spray from your primary doc. If that too doesn't help, time to see an allergist who can help you with different treatment options. ...Read more

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20 asthma severe dust allergy pet fur feather some food allergy recurrent sinus upper respiratory infections pale low energy swollen glands nausea?

20 asthma severe dust allergy pet fur feather some food allergy recurrent sinus upper respiratory infections pale low energy swollen glands nausea?

Lots of allergies : There are many complaints and symptoms - many of which may be related to your allergies. Go see an allergist and work through your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for runny nose allergies especially in cold windy weather?

What is the best treatment for runny nose allergies especially in cold windy weather?

Anticholinergic: Acute running upon exposure to cold air is a very common response. If the symptoms are self limited and not bothersome no treatment is indicated. You can try to lesson response by placing scarf over mouth to warm air while you are exposed. If conservative measures don't work drying agents like ipratropium bromide nasal spray can be used as needed to dry up nasal secretions acutely. ...Read more

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Best OTC med for a head cold? Head congestion, stuffy nose and sore throat. No fever or chest congestion/cough. Thank you!

Best OTC med for a head cold? Head congestion, stuffy nose and sore throat.  No fever or chest congestion/cough. Thank you!

Pelargonium sidoides: The herb pelargonium sidoides, the root of a geranium native to south africa, is the best-proven treatment for colds, sinus infections ; sinusitis. It's the first thing i (; my family) take when getting sick ; has helped hundreds of my patients. It is widely available in a product called umcka, sold at health food stores ; many pharmacies. See http://naturalmedicinejournal.Net/pdf/nmj_dec09_bp.Pdf. ...Read more

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Suffering from chronic dizziness, heavy head, face swelling when subjected to cold air or cold drink, doctors mentioned no sinus infection observed?

Suffering from chronic dizziness, heavy head, face swelling when subjected to cold air or cold drink, doctors mentioned no sinus infection observed?

See an ENT doctor: And possibly a neurologist. There has to be a reason for these symptoms and this should be diagnosed effectively by experts in this area. ...Read more

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Sinus pressure behind eyes and in temples, post nasal drip but no cough or runny nose. Start of a cold or an could it be an allergy?

Sinus pressure behind eyes and in temples, post nasal drip but no cough or runny nose. Start of a cold or an could it be an allergy?

Sinus disease: It sounds like you have sinus disease. This could be sinusitis (inflammation or infection of the sinuses), sinus congestion or it could be an early sign of a cold or allergy. You should see your primary doctor or ENT doctor for evaluation. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Is running nose a symptom of allergic rhinitis and/or sinusitis?

Is running nose a symptom of allergic rhinitis and/or sinusitis?

Usually: Usually, allergic rhinitis, but can also be from chronic sinusitis, the latter also associated with headaches around the affected sinuses. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a cold from allergies?

What distinguishes a cold from allergies?

Good question: Some time it is hard to tell. In general, when you have a cold, someone else in the family or office often has one. A cold is often associated with a low-grade fever but allergy is not. You may also notice fatigue as well as joint or muscle ache with a cold but not with allergy. Hay fever may respond to antihistamine but a cold does not. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause low grade fever in children? Specifically: tree pollen, sneezy, snotty runny nose, and a 99.4 temp.

Can seasonal allergies cause low grade fever in children? Specifically: tree pollen, sneezy, snotty runny nose, and a 99.4 temp.

Remember: 99.4 is not a fever. Anything above 100.4 degrees f is considered a fever. Allergies don't normally cause fevers unless there is overlapping viral or bacterial illness , then it would ...Read more

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Runny stuffy nose (clear). Post nasal drip. Chest congestion/burning chest. Body aches. No fever. Cold or allergies? Treatment? Thank you!

Runny stuffy nose (clear).  Post nasal drip.  Chest congestion/burning chest.  Body aches.  No fever.  Cold or allergies? Treatment?  Thank you!

Viral URI: Sounds like a viral upper respiratory tract infection. You may have some ill contacts with similar symptoms. Body aches pretty characteristic of virus and not of allergy. ...Read more

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What distinguishes allergies from a cold?

What distinguishes allergies from a cold?

Time: A cold caused by a virus will last 5-7 days. Allergies can last days, weeks, months or even year round. With allergies there frequently is itching (nose, eyes, ears, mouth), repetitive sneezing and no fever. Allergies should respond to taking an antihistamine but an antihistamine will do little for a cold. ...Read more

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For what reasons might cold weather or breeze cause hives?

For what reasons might cold weather or breeze cause hives?

Rare syndromes can: Two types of people get hives because of cold. First are those with cold contact urticaria, in which histamine is released in the spots of skin directly exposed to cold. Second are people with certain rare inherited mutations that make the immune system activate in response to cold. The latter usually get hives all over, not just at the spot of cold exposure. See an immunologist for more info. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Also called an upper respiratory tract infection (URI), this is a condition where the nose or throat is infected by a virus, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, ...Read more