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What Is The Difference Between The Nasal And Oral Medications For Allergies
Risk/benefit ratio: In general, nasal medicines are more effective with less risk of side effects. This is partly because they are applied only to the area that is a problem, the nose. However, some people don't like nasal sprays, and teaching is needed to use them most effectively. Oral medicines are quick and easy, but the medicine goes throughout the body, even to places it's not needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
A lot: Regular or over-the-counter sprays usually contain saline, decongestants (eg afrin (oxymetazoline) and generics with similar ingredients), and even capsaicin. These tend to not provide lasting effects. Prescription sprays are safer than decongestants, and more effective. These come as either steroids or antihistamine sprays. ...Read more
Associated symptoms: Persons with nasal allergy typically have congestion, clear nasal discharge, itchy and watery eyes. If symptoms last more than one week, a viral cold is unlikely. If the drainage changes to anything other than clear, it may be infected (sinusitis). Colored drainage suggests infection, but clear drainage does not rule it out. Many allergic symptoms are seasonal, but not pet or dust mite allergy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the difference between a cold and allergies. I'm having some symptoms of runny and stuffy nose, also itchiness and very little dry cough. ?
See Allergist: A cold is caused by a virus and is transient. Allergic rhinitis presents with a variety of symptoms including congestion, running, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip that can be seasonal or year round. Triggers can be allergic (animal dander, pollen, dust mites) or non-allergic (strong scents/odors, cleaning products, weather changes). See an allergist for further workup and skin testing ...Read more
What is the difference between a cold and allergies. I have a sore throat, stuffy runny nose, a cough and i just feel cloudy.?
Cold verses allergy: Allergy is ahereditary disease where you react to something in your environment. A cold is caused by a viral disease and can cause the symptoms you describe. If it persists longer than 10 days it might be a allergy as colds last a week or two. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between allergies and a cold when your nose is running all the time.
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. If your nose runs all the time it is not from a cold. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between a cold and allergies? I've got a ragweed allergy and I've got a stuffy nose, and have been coughing.
Not Easy: Honestly, I have looked at many patients cold vs allergy. The only semi reliable way that I have found to decide is to look at the mucous membranes (turbinates) in the nose and if they are pale to purplish and not red and weepy, it is usuallly allergic rhinitis. Otherwise, the two presentations are almost exactly the same. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between allergies or a cold? I have a headache, stuffy/runny nose with green drainage.
It sounds like cold: more than allergy. Check this. http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/common-cold-or-allergy-symptomsGet a more detailed answer ›
How to tell the difference between allergies, a cold &the flu? I was having normal everyday allergies, then runny nose, cough & maybe fever not sure
Is there a difference between sinuses and allergies,I'm little stuffy sore throat drainage in throat no fever.nose feels dry not runny one side stuffy?
All connected: If you suffer from allergic rhinitis including symptoms of nasal congestion, running, postnasal drip, etc. these can worsen and effect your sinuses as well. If symptoms continued to worsen without proper treatment, your condition can progress to involve the sinuses. This is called aute sinusitis. Proper avoidance measures of triggers and treatment with nasal sprays and antihistamines can help. ...Read more
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