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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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Cold versus flu? What are the differences between cold and flu symptoms?

Cold versus flu? What are the differences between cold and flu symptoms?

Cold is mildler: Last few day with fever les then 102f flu on the other hand lasts longer with temp up to 103-104, lasts longer and gives more complications. ...Read more

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Can cold weather cause runny nose/congestion in child. No other symptoms?

Can cold weather cause runny nose/congestion in child. No other symptoms?

Sure: We have all experienced a runny nose when the it starts to get cold out. Fall also is a classic season for :"Fall Allergies" which will cause congestion and the Rhinitis and runny nose syndromes. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can honey lessen seasonal allergy symptoms?

Can honey lessen seasonal allergy symptoms?

Probably not: Honey has been anecdotally reported to lessen symptoms in people with seasonal allergies. But these results haven't been consistently duplicated in clinical studies. Still the idea isn't so far-fetched. Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant and may have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens. For now, however, it appears that honey may just be a sweet placebo. But don't let that stop you from using it in food and beverages. Just don't give honey to children younger than 1 year because of the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning. Ozone air purifiers. ...Read more

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Symptoms of allergies?

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
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Symptoms of allergies?

Allergy symptoms: Allergies can cause a large variety of symptoms: most common is hay fever (molds, dust, pollen) with watery runny nose, watery eyes & itching, nasal itch, sneezing, and congestion. Plant/tree/grass allergies can cause eczema, a skin rash, as can food allergies. Aerosolized allergens (pet dander, pollen, etc.) can cause asthma with chest tightness and wheezing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of allergic vs. Chronic rhinitis?

What are the symptoms of allergic vs. Chronic rhinitis?

Rhinitis: Usually if the problems you are describing are nasal symptoms that are all year long and persistent and not aggrevated clearly by spring, fall, cedar season, cats etc. They may still have an allergic component to all year around allergies such as dust or molds that need direct testing. If the tests are negative a nasal smear can be helpful from an ENT doctor or allergist ...Read more

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How can I treat a sinus cold or mucus drip or any other cold symptoms with wheezing?

How can I treat a sinus cold or mucus drip or any other cold symptoms with wheezing?

Cough asthma inhaler: Wheezing may indicate that you have asthma. An inhaler such as albuterol may be prescribed by your doctor. For nasal congestion, nasal rinses and clearing the nasal passages helps to reduce post nasal drip and cough. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause asthmatic symptoms? Will allergy shots help?

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Can seasonal allergies cause asthmatic symptoms? Will allergy shots help?

Yes to both: Pollens and outdoor molds can cause both nasal symptoms and asthma. Immunotherapy or allergy shots have been demonstrated to help both conditions. Controlling nasal symptoms can help with the asthma. ...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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How to differentiate between Allergy symptoms vs. Chronic sinusitis symptoms. (Because sometimes allergy is the cause behind sinus problems!!)?

How to differentiate between Allergy symptoms vs. Chronic sinusitis symptoms. (Because sometimes allergy is the cause behind sinus problems!!)?

Allergies/sinusitis: It can be difficult to differentiate. Allergy symptoms usually are runny nose, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, nasal congestion, itchy and irritated throat. Chronic sinusitis is mostly thick discharge, nasal congestion and sinus pressure. Ultimately, it may be necessary to see an ENT allergist or Allergy/immunologist to do thorough history exam, possibly imaging and allergy testing. ...Read more

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Is hay fever a seasonal allergy in cold clinate?

Is hay fever a seasonal allergy in cold clinate?

Seasonal rhinitis: Hay fever is a misnomer for a form of seasonal rhinits. It may arise in any climate. We call it seasonal rhinitis and it is usually aggrevated in the spring or fall. ...Read more

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What symptoms can environmental allergies manifest?

See below: Common symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes. You may also have a cough and sore throat. ...Read more

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What are cold symptoms and flu symptoms in toddlers?

What are cold symptoms and flu symptoms in toddlers?

Colds vs flu: Common colds and mild influenza can look very similar. Though both often present with runny nose, cough, sore throat, and fever, the flu is typically more severe, and associated with more fatigue, and often body aches. Unlike a cold, it can also become much more severe. See a doctor if you think your child has the flu, particularly if they have a chronic condition such as asthma or heart disease. ...Read more

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Will allergy medicine, like zyrtec, (cetirizine) relive cold symptoms?

Will allergy medicine, like zyrtec, (cetirizine) relive cold symptoms?

Cold symptoms: Are you sure it is a cold not allergies? Zyrtec (cetirizine) will not alleviate cold symptoms. A decongestant containing medication will help. ...Read more