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How can I tell if I have a cold or allergies?

How can I tell if I have a cold or allergies?

See below.: Sometimes, it's hard to tell the difference! if there's a fever, it's not allergies. Itchy nose or throat points more to allergies. The mucus membranes in your nose tend to get pale and pretty boggy with allergies, but that's something you'd have to have your doctor look at for you with a scope. ...Read more

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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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How can I confirm whether I have allergies or a cold?

How can I confirm whether I have allergies or a cold?

Cold vs allergies: The duration may help to differentiate. A cold is short lived- allergic symptoms may continue as long as there is exposure to the triggers. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot tell if I have a cold or allergies?

What to do if I cannot tell if I have a cold or allergies?

Few ways to tell: Symptoms suggestive of a cold (viral infection): fever greater than 100.4 F, sick contacts, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, winter time (more viral infections and less pollen in the air), lack of itching Symptoms suggestive of allergies: Itchy nose, itchy eyes, lack of fever, spring/fall, response to antihistamines, history of asthma/eczema ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i tell if I have strep throat or just a cold?

Can you tell me how could i tell if I have strep throat or just a cold?

Really sick feeling: Strep throat is accompanied by severe sore throat, fever, malaise, headache, and exhaustion. Some cases aren't that bad. Cold symptoms make you have a sore throat but one usually has more nasal symptoms-sneeing, runny nose. ...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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Can you tell me how to know if I have a cold or a flu?

Can you tell me how to know if I have a cold or a flu?

Flu vs cold: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, chills, marked aching of muscles and joints & significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. ...Read more

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How could i tell if I have hay fever or a cold?

How could i tell if I have hay fever or a cold?

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

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How can I tell if I have allergies or an eye infection?

How can I tell if I have allergies or an eye infection?

Itching: Eye allergies are almost always accompanied by itching especially at the nasal fold. Infections usually cause burning or pain with discharge that can sometimes be pus-like. Viral conjunctivitis often has a watery discharge like allergies but there is usually little itching. A topical antihistamine drop can help. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have bad allergies or a cold?

How do I know if I have bad allergies or a cold?

Can be hard: While there is alot of overlap in symptoms btw a cold and allergies ( sneezing, nasal congestion ) BUT a cold typically has a fever and will resolve in 7-10 days while allergy DOES NOT have fever and will last weeks to months. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if i got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if i got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

A cold is: Usually an upper tract issue, ie clear nasal discharge and congestion. Flu is associated with more systemic symptoms including fevers and muscle aches. Pneumonia by definition involves infection of the lung itself and can be confirmed by physical exam and chest xray. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a cold or the flu?

How to tell if I have a cold or the flu?

Cold is milder: Inflenza really makes you sick, you have fever, bodyaches, headache, cough, nausea and vomiting, upset stomack, coogh and congestion and you really feel sick while common cold can give you milder symptoms like runny nose, cough and sometimes slight fever and you do not feel that sick as you do with influenza. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a dairy allergy?

How can I tell if I have a dairy allergy?

Milk allergy/intol: If you ingest milk or other foods that are dairy or have dairy products in them and you get respiratory or skin effects you may be dairy allergic. Gastrointestinal symptoms are more confusing since most adults that have GI symptoms after milk ingestion have problems digesting the milk, most commonly a deficiency in the lactose enzyme that digests milk's complex sugar, lactose. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have allergies, a cold, or the flu?

How do I know if I have allergies, a cold, or the flu?

Cold is milder: Inflenza really makes you sick, you have fever, bodyaches, headache, cough, nausea and vomiting, upset stomack, coogh and congestion and you really feel sick while common cold can give you milder symptoms like runny nose, cough , sore throat and sometimes slight fever and you do not feel that sick as you do with influenza allergies will cause sneezing, nasal congestion;itchy eyes. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an STI or just a sore throat?

How can I tell if I have an STI or just a sore throat?

STD eval: Should help to differentiate the two. Have you been involved in high risk sex? ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold or an allergic reaction?

How do I know if I have a cold or an allergic reaction?

Can be hard: There is significant overlap in symptoms. Fever can distinguish cold or allergies. Colds tend to resolve in a couple of days. Others may be sick as well. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have hives or a drug allergy?

How can I tell if I have hives or a drug allergy?

Subtle: hives can occur as part of an allergy syndrome. people with chronic hives or who have an inborn low threshold for hives have difficulty differentiating simple hives from drug allergy. If the drug reaction is IgE-mediated, or occurs via a similar pathway without IgE, then one would expect additional symptoms other than hives (breathing problem, dizzy, nausea, swelling, headache, etc) ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

See below: Sinus infections usually are associated with the following signs and symptoms: pain, headache, bad smell or odor, green/yellow discharge, fever and on exam a ed, angry looking mucus membrane. A ct scan may be needed to help diagnose hard to treat cases. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

Let me help: Sinus infection symptoms include sinus headache, facial tenderness, pressure or pain in the sinuses, fever, cloudy discolored drainage, and feeling of nasal stuffiness, sore throat, and cough and nasal drainage. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a sinus infection?

Don't know: Since you haven't described your symptoms, it's impossible to tell. If you have fever, facial pain, colored nasal drainage, nasal congestion and facial pressure, you may have a sinus infection. The best way to find out is to see an ENT who can look inside your nose and take a culture, if needed. Then, the decision can be made about whether you need antibiotics or just decongestant therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have a sore or a strep throat?

Can you tell me how to know if I have a sore or a strep throat?

Go see your doctor: There is a rapid test that can be performed by your physician in their office. If they do not have it available, then they can perform a throat culture to see if there is any bacterial growth. ...Read more