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What is the difference between sneezing from allergies and sneezing from colds?

What is the difference between sneezing from allergies and sneezing from colds?

No difference: Sneezing occurs because of irritation in one's nose. For a cold, it is because of a viral infection. For allergy, it is because of allergies. ...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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Why do I sneeze even though I have no allergies neither is it cold outside?

Why do I sneeze even though I have no allergies neither is it cold outside?

Common symptom: Sneezing can occur for many reasons. Some people have nonallergic rhinitis which may be associated with sneezing and runny nose. Triggers can include smoke, air pollution, perfume, strong odors, bright sunlight, weather change, cold air. This is an irritant response not an allergic reactions. Many allergy sufferers also have nonallergic rhinitis too. ...Read more

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I always got cold and allergy ,running nose ,sneezing etc?

I always got cold and allergy ,running nose ,sneezing etc?

Seasonal allergies: most likely you have seasonal allergies.you need to see an allergist and have allergy testing done . meanwhile you can try OTC antihistamines. ...Read more

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Recently started sneezing whenever going from warm indoor to cold outdoor and vice versa - is this allergy to something? What am i allergic to?

Recently started sneezing whenever going from warm indoor to cold outdoor and vice versa - is this allergy to something? What am i allergic to?

Sneezing: We sometimes will develop sneezing when going from one environment to another, warm to cold or cold to warm in your situation. Some people will sneeze when they come out into bright light, as in leaving a movie theater. It is not an allergy though. ...Read more

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My 13 year old son has environmental allergy and constant cold and sneezing. How can I help him?

My 13 year old son has environmental allergy and constant cold and sneezing. How can I help him?

Many ways: Allergy is controlled by a three way approach. Avoidance- keep your child away from potential allergic triggers- animals, dust, dust mites by keeping house clean, no carpets or animals in bedroom, hypoallergenic covers on bedding. Avoid pollen. Medication - for symptom control if avoidance not fully helpful. See md for help. Immunotherapy for refractory symptoms. See allergist or ENT allergist. ...Read more

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I have a somewhat a runny nose with ocassional sneeze is it a cold or allergies?

I have a somewhat a runny nose with ocassional sneeze is it a cold or allergies?

It could be either.: A cold usually lasts one to two weeks. Whereas an allergic reaction usually lasts as long as there is a trigger. For instance if you are always exposed to dust mites than you could have chronic allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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I've nasal allergy.feel bit headach under aircon and some cold feel in body with sneezing. Plz advice?

I've nasal allergy.feel bit headach under aircon and some cold feel in body with sneezing. Plz advice?

Normal: The symptoms you describe are consistent with those of allergic rhinitis. There various OTC meds for allergy you can try. If your symptoms worsen of persist, then it can lead to sinus infection. See your doctor if symptom worsen or persist. Good health. ...Read more

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Im always sneezing and my nose is itching and like i have cold.gone if i take claritine.is it safe always taking anti allergy medecine??

Im always sneezing and my nose is itching and like i have cold.gone if i take claritine.is it safe always taking anti allergy medecine??

Other meds may help: For most patient, taking an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra is safe. This may not be the most effective therapy for what sounds like chronic allergic rhinitis. Nasal steroids are frequently prescribed to control the inflammation. An allergy evaluation may be helpful to identity potential triggers, which could be avoided or even treated with allergy shots. ...Read more

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I suffer from running nose, continuous sneezing and occasional fevers on a frequent basis. The reasons are mostly cold or allergies. How to stop this?

I suffer from running nose, continuous sneezing and occasional fevers on a frequent basis. The reasons are mostly cold or allergies. How to stop this?

Different way: The runny nose from allergies is often controlled by antihistamine (tablet or spray) and nasal steroid. The runny nose from cold is more difficult to control but there is a rx spray which may reduce it significantly. Allergies do not cause a fever unless it is complicated by severe sinusitis. ...Read more

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