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What's the difference between allergies and a chest cold?

What's the difference between allergies and a chest cold?

Many things: There are some similar symptoms but allergies shouldn't cause fevers and colds shouldn't last all season. If an otc antihistamine doesn't help and you don't improve within a week or so you should see your primary ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between a cold and an allergy?

What is the difference between a cold and an allergy?

Overlapping symptoms: There are overlapping symptoms between the common viral cold, sinus infections and allergic rhinitis (allergies) for an easy to use chart, go to my blog and read. http://www.familyallergyasthmacare.com/2013/02/is-it-a-cold-sinus-or-allergies/ In a nutshell, itching (nose, eyes, palate) makes it more likely to be an allergy. Fever makes it most likely to be an infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cold and flu?

What is the difference between a cold and flu?

Some overlap: Most people have frequent "colds" which are usually caused by rhinovirus, adenoviruses and others small viruses - the body usually confines these to the upper respiratory tract and usually fights them off in 2-5 days. Over 5-10 days the flu can spread down into the lungs, causes high fevers, muscle pain, joint pain and more rarely lead to severe pneumonia requiring ventilator support and death. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cold and sinus infection?

What is the difference between a cold and sinus infection?

Cause of the: cold is a virus but the cause could be a virus or be a bacteria in sinus infection. The symptoms are not totally similar . Also treatment could be different depending to the underlying cause. Hopefully this helps. Contact me if you need further assistance. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a cold and allergies?

Big differences: Colds are due to viruses and are contagious but limited to less than a week. Allergies typically have itching (nose, eye) and sneezing as common symptoms. Symptoms can continue through a pollen season or for months or years (if indoor allergies). Allergies response well to treatment with medications and allergy injections. An allergist can assist in identifying if there is an allergy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a flu and a cold?

What is the difference between a flu and a cold?

Real flu = influenza: Non-medical people commonly ( and inaccurately) use the word 'flu' to describe feeling unwell with a virus. The viruses most people are talking about can make us feel quite miserable. But true influenza is a terrible illness that really knocks you around and can make you feel extremely unwell for days-weeks. Usually with very high fever, cough, sore throat, severe muscle aches and pains. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cold or allergies?

What is the difference between cold or allergies?

Infection or not.: Sometimes it can be challenging to tell the difference between a cold (virus infection), sinus infection and allergies. Frequently with allergies, there is itching and sneezing. Congestion is common to all. Fever does not occur with allergies. For a brief review, check out my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/02/is-it-a-cold-sinus-or-allergies/. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a cold and a flu?

What's the difference between a cold and a flu?

Fever and vomiting: Cold: sore throat, nasal congestion and drainage, and cough. Fevers may occur in children, but are uncommon in adults. Flu: sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches, soreness, congestion, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea may also occur. Both are caused by viruses and usually last for 3-7 days. ...Read more

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What is the difference in symptoms bteween a cold and allergies?

What is the difference in symptoms bteween a cold and allergies?

Sometimes difficult: but except in very severe cases of allergy, people don't lose appetite with allergy which is also not associated with a fever. Allergy may also be seasonal. Cold is more common when school starts and in the winter, allergy in the warmer months. Cold is not relieved by antihistamine which does reduce allergic symptoms. Hope these points are helpful. ...Read more

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What is the difference in symptoms bteween a cold and allergies?

What is the difference in symptoms bteween a cold and allergies?

Keeps coming back: They are similar! Itchy nose, sneezing, nasal congeston, running nose, coughing, sinus pain/fullness, post nasal drip. No fever with allergies, though. And most with allergies don't 'feel sick'; but they do feel tired, fatigued, wiped out. Why? Because allergies, like colds, tigger immune responses that sap energy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cold and the flu ?

What is the difference between a cold and the flu ?

Different viruses: Colds are caused by the 99 or more varieties of rhinovirus; symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, cough with mild fatigue/achiness & little or no fever, usually lasts a week & you can function. People use the "flu" loosely but actual influenza is a serious illness- you feel you've been hit by a truck, fever, exhaustion, achiness, sore throat, sneezing, cough, can't function. See comment:. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a cold and allergies?

How to tell the difference between a cold and allergies?

Cold and allergies: Colds usually come with systemic symptoms of body aches and low grade fever. With allergies you generaly feel well except for your nasal symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

Cold vs flu: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. A cold is generally milder and usually doesn't include fever. ...Read more

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What's the difference between flu and allergies?

What's the difference between flu and allergies?

Flu is an infection: Flu is used very loosely for lots of viral infections. The "real" flue - influenza (for which there is the vaccine every year), is caused by 2 major families of viruses. It lasts several days with fever, aches and pains, sore throat with no pus or significant redness and a dry cough. Allergy is an immunologic hypersensitivity reaction to pollen, pets, mold, medications, venom, cosmetics, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cold and strep throat?

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What is the difference between a cold and strep throat?

Nose vs. throat: A cold is viral. It is due to infection by a virus called rhinovirus. It results in nasal congestion, throat irritation, and generalized weakness. Treatment is supportive care and rest. Strep throat is a pharyngitis or inflammation affecting your throat due to the bacteria streptococcus pyogenes. Treatment is with antibiotics. ...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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What is the difference between common cold and allergic rhinitis?

What is the difference between common cold and allergic rhinitis?

Virus vs allergy: The common cold is a viral infection of the lining of the nose, throat, etc. That is passed from person to person. There are actually many viruses that cause what we know as the "common cold". Allergic rhinitis is inflammation/swelling of the same lining of the nose, but due to a allergic response to environmental allergens: dust, mold, pollen, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having a cold and having seasonal allergies?

What is the difference between having a cold and having seasonal allergies?

Different problems: A cold is caused by a viral infection. Seasonal allergies are caused by an immune related hypersensitivity reaction to seasonal allergens such as pollen or grass. Colds are contagious; seasonal allergies are not. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cold and cataarh/?

What is the difference between cold and cataarh/?

Symptom of: Catarrhal is the mucosal inflammation or condition of mucus draining from the nose...It is a common symptom of a cold or upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a cold and the swine flu?

What's the difference between a cold and the swine flu?

Symptoms: A cold comes on gradually while flu onset is aburpt and sudden. Flu symptoms can be reduced if treated early (less than 72 hrs fro onset) with a drug like tamiflu (oseltamivir). A cold runs its course but you can take symptomatic drugs like theraflu . If you are takign drugs for blod pressure, etc, contact your physician before takign over the counter cold meds. ...Read more