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What are the differences between hay fever and flu?

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 more

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My husband have hay fever sever flu so what he take to stop?

My husband have hay fever sever flu so what he take to stop?

Symptomatic treatme: For fever ( tylenol (acetaminophen) ) , vit c1000mg, coldeaze lozenges ( have zinc) ecnacea with double strength goldenseal lot of fluids rest. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between a sinus infection, hay fever, and the flu?

How can I distinguish between a sinus infection, hay fever, and the flu?

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

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I'm being treated for allergic rhinitis. Should the shots make me feel like I have the flu?

I'm being treated for allergic rhinitis. Should the shots make me feel like I have the flu?

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

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What is the difference between influenza and hay fever?

What is the difference between influenza and hay fever?

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 more

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What is the difference between hay fever and a cold?

What is the difference between hay fever and a cold?

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 more

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Can you tell me the difference between conjunctivitis and hay fever?

Can you tell me the difference between conjunctivitis and hay fever?

Almost the same.: Conjunctivitis describes inflammation of the clear covering over the white part of the eye. Allergic is one of the many causes and hay fever is a subtype of allergic conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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Difference between sinusitis, sinus cancer and hay fever ?

Difference between sinusitis, sinus cancer and hay fever ?

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

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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.

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

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How do I know if I have i got hayfever or a bad case of flu ?

How do I know if I have i got hayfever or a bad case of flu ?

SICKER WITH FLU: Hay fever causes sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes etc. While flu will cause fever, sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, body and muscle pain, headache, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite.In essencs you will be much sicker. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat hay fever?

What's the best way to treat hay fever?

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 more

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Could i still swim if I have hay fever?

Could i still swim if I have hay fever?

Yes: It shouldn't affect your symptoms. Take the meds your dr. Prescribed. ...Read more

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Ok i've got hay fever. What should I do?

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 more

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Is there anything to solve my hay fever?

Is there anything to solve my hay fever?

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

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What remedies for hay fever are the best?

What remedies for hay fever are the best?

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 more

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What is an efficient way to treat hay fever?

What is an efficient way to treat hay fever?

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

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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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Are there any effective home cures for hay fever?

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 more

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