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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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