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It just a cold or is it hay fever, and how can you tell in the springtime?
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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Fever or itching?
There is no fever with hay fever; in the spring it is due to tree pollen not hay.
If you have itchy nose, eyes then it is probably a pollen allergy; try an otc antihistamine (e.g. Allegra, zyrtec). If you have fever without itching then it is probaby a "cold" so take tylenol (acetaminophen) or asa for fever and otc sudafed 12 hour for stuffy nose (avoid sudafed with hbp, heart condition). If it persists see md.

In brief: Fever or itching?
There is no fever with hay fever; in the spring it is due to tree pollen not hay.
If you have itchy nose, eyes then it is probably a pollen allergy; try an otc antihistamine (e.g. Allegra, zyrtec). If you have fever without itching then it is probaby a "cold" so take tylenol (acetaminophen) or asa for fever and otc sudafed 12 hour for stuffy nose (avoid sudafed with hbp, heart condition). If it persists see md.
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Dr. Thomas Klein
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Several ways
Colds have fever, chills, aches and yellow mucus.
Allergies show clear mucus, no fever, little aches if any. Both could cause head congestion, sneezing and mucus drainage.

In brief: Several ways
Colds have fever, chills, aches and yellow mucus.
Allergies show clear mucus, no fever, little aches if any. Both could cause head congestion, sneezing and mucus drainage.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: May be difficult
Differentiating between the two issues symptomatically may be difficult.
Have you had allergy reactions at this time of year previously? Do otc medications for allergies help your symptoms? Have you been around people with colds? If persists beyond several days to a week, more likely to be allergy.

In brief: May be difficult
Differentiating between the two issues symptomatically may be difficult.
Have you had allergy reactions at this time of year previously? Do otc medications for allergies help your symptoms? Have you been around people with colds? If persists beyond several days to a week, more likely to be allergy.
Dr. Martin Raff
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