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How long do the runny nose and watery eyes from allergy normally last?

How long do the runny nose and watery eyes from allergy normally last?

Until treated or....: Allergy is an inflammatory response to a substance (the allergen). When it is eliminated, problem over soon. To block the effect of the allergen, an antihistamine is suggested which will work quickly as well. Drops work on the eyes better than pill form. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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My three year old son is experiencing coughing, yellow runny nose, watery eyes, and dark colored lose stowels for the last 3days I have tried using over-the-counter children allergy medicine but his condition continues to worsen.

My three year old son is experiencing coughing, yellow runny nose, watery eyes, and dark colored lose stowels for the last 3days I have tried using over-the-counter children allergy medicine but his condition continues to worsen.

If : If your son is worsening instead of improving, you should call his doctor and have him seen. Viral illnesses can last 7-10 days total, but should start to improve after the first 3 to 4. If he is worsening, he could be developing a bacterial super-infection such as sinusitis, an ear infection or bronchitis. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 17 month old has a runny nose and watery eyes.Could she have allergies already?

My 17 month old has a runny nose and watery eyes.Could she have allergies already?

Certainly can.: Don't forget that eczema and allergic runny nose are almost the same disease in different places, and infants and toddlers have lots of eczema. ...Read more

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I took a 24 hour allergy medicine 4.5 hours ago and it hasn't helped at all with my runny nose and watery eyes. Could i take nyquil to help me sleep?

I took a 24 hour allergy medicine 4.5 hours ago and it hasn't helped at all with my runny nose and watery eyes.  Could i take nyquil to help me sleep?

Yes you can: Yes you can take extra nyquil. You might also want to try otc allergy eye drops to help relieved your eye symptoms. However, those are weak medications and only work for mild symptoms. At this stage, it would be better if you seek professional help to treat your symptoms more appropriately to prevent you from getting a sinusitis. ...Read more

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I think my 1 year old has a milk allergy. He is extremely fussy for two weeks since switching from soy formula. Runny nose and watery eyes. What to do?

I think my 1 year old has a milk allergy. He is extremely fussy for two weeks since switching from soy formula. Runny nose and watery eyes. What to do?

Switch back: Switch back to soy formula as if this is milk allergy the symptoms should resolve. You should have your child evaluated by an allergist to confirm whether or not your baby really has a milk allergy or some other unrelated problem. ...Read more

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I have allergies some nights and not others. It's mostly watery eyes. Sometimes a runny nose. I changed pillows and that helped. Aside from over?

Dust mites?: If changing the pillow helps, dust mite allergy may be the cause. Your exposure to the mite droppings often depends on how often you move in bed. Were it not for the improvement from changing pillows, dry eyes would have been another potential cause for your tearing. ...Read more

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Watery eyes, sensitivity to light, and runny nose - are these allergy symptoms?

Watery eyes, sensitivity to light, and runny nose - are these allergy symptoms?

Possibly: These symptoms may be caused by allergies or also can be viral. If you have them frequently lasting longer than 2 weeks, most likely an allergy trigger. An allergist can help evaluate your symptoms and help treat it appropriately. ...Read more

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I have watery eyes, itching of the nose, and runny nose. Am i sick or is it allergies?

I have watery eyes, itching of the nose, and runny nose. Am i sick or is it allergies?

Could be either: Correct answer will depend on your history, exposures and physical exam, but either answer (i.e., allergies or an upper respiratory infection) sounds plausible based on your symptoms. Feel better... ...Read more

Watery Eyes (Definition)

Tears out of proportion. Eyes need tear film to keep the cornea clear of any local or environmental foreign materials. The tears are produced by local as well as accessory lacrimal glands and are constantly being replaced by evaporation or suction by the nasolacrimal system into the nose. Watery eyes can result from many causes, some of which being too much production ...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