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What Are The Differences Between Hay Fever And Flu
Fever, length: Hay fever (an allergic response to pollen) and flu (a viral infection) may have similar symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, congestion, headache, scratchy throat) but differ in important ways. Allergies can last weeks but flu lasts 1-2 weeks. Allergies don't cause fever whereas flu can cause high temperature & chills. Of course, flu is contagious but allergies are not. Consult your doctor to be sure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rule of thumb: Sinus infection: Green & thick discharge often from just one side. Facial pain perhaps and coughing often. Fatigue sometimes. Often preceded by a cold. Hay fever: Sneezing spells, runny nose, nasal stuffiness, itchy nose. May be seasonal. Flu: Low grade fever, nasal symptoms, fatigue, body ache usually in colder months. All of the above as just some of the symptoms. ...Read more
Rhinitis: The shots can make you feel tired, fatigued, itchy, etc... But typically feeling like you have a "cold" isn't a side effect. Maybe you really do have a "cold". ...Read more
Not always: Allergies don't cause a fever, and usually last longer than a cold(10days)..An itchy nose is more frequent with allergies, and the mucous from an allergy is usually clear...Severe aches = cold not an allergy..Check out this link http://www.Niaid.Nih.Gov/topics/allergicdiseases/documents/coldallergy.Pdf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hay fever vs cold: From a practical perspective, the symptoms of both of these disorders are the same--runny nose and sneezing, perhaps also with itching, running eyes. The difference is that a cold will only last 3-4 days usually, while allergy symptoms tend to be chronic (eg., last all spring). So if your cold symtpoms don't quit after a week, you probably have allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A lot: Sinusitis means infection in the sinus cavities usually from obstruction in the opening thereby obstructing drainage. Sinus cancer is rare and means just that. Hay fever involves only the nasal cavities and the symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose etc due to allergies usually to airborne allergens. By the way, if the nose is stuffy most of the time, it may lead to sinusitis. ...Read more
Difference btwn an allergy and sensitivity? I get hay fever symptoms every time I visit the salon. I think it is due to an ingredient in the shampoo.
Sensitivity: You can get allergy like symptoms from both allergic and nonallergic causes. Most likely your sensitivity to the chemicals in the air at the salon is nonallergic. That being said, if you have allergies to things like pollens and dust mites then your eyes and nose will be more "sensitive" or more easily irritated by those chemicals in the air. Allergy is a very specific kind of sensitivity. ...Read more
Allergy medicines: Hay fever (allergies) is usually due to pollens that are in the air. Some people are allergic to molds and other substances. One can wear a mask when working outdoors or when hiking. Avoid playing outdoors when the pollen or smog levels are high. Medicines such as Claritin otc, zyrtec otc, or prescription eye drops and nasal steroid sprays are helpful. Allergy shots are another option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies: See an allergist to determine the best approach to treat your allergies. Do not waste your money on crappy over-the-counter antihistamines that are marginally effective. See an allergist who can find an excellent guide to work with you to get the allergy symptoms under control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hay fever: You can try otc antihistamine orally or eye drops first. Those are not very strong medications to control your symptoms so if it does not work, you might need to see an allergist to determine how severe your symptoms are and what seasons you are likely to suffer the most so treatments are more individualized. ...Read more
So many choices now: Many options over the counter now for hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec and their generics; Flonase and Nasacort (triamcinolone) and their generics; Sudafedrine, and Zaditor (ketotifen) eyedrops usually will do the trick. If not, see an allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Efficient?: Unusual way to phrase it. Though most patients respond to OTC antihistamines, many don't, which would be a waste of money (thus inefficient). Likely more effective would be intranasal steroids (insurance covers these), though not for all symptoms. 20 yrs of hay fever? Four months of allergy injections very likely resolve the symptoms entirely. That's efficiency. Drug failure? An allergist can help ...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
Yes: There is an over the counter supplement called butterbur, which woks similarly to prescription singulair (montelukast). It has to be taken daily for about three to four weeks before seing improvement. If your symptoms generally start in march, you should start taking it second week i february. For dosing, follow the specific instructions on the supplement bottle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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