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Are allergies or colds more often the cause of swelling of the nasal passages?

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Dr. Alan Goldsobel
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Colds

Both allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and a viral upper respiratory tract infection (a "cold") cause nasal congestion.
Almost all people get colds; about 30% of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis. With allergies you never get a fever and any mucus drainage is clear. With both you get sneezing. Allergies typically cause more itching of nose and eyes.

In brief: Colds

Both allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and a viral upper respiratory tract infection (a "cold") cause nasal congestion.
Almost all people get colds; about 30% of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis. With allergies you never get a fever and any mucus drainage is clear. With both you get sneezing. Allergies typically cause more itching of nose and eyes.
Dr. Alan Goldsobel
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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Sometimes after either condition you can get a bacterial infection an a change in the color of your nasal discharge.
Dr. Paul Williams
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Colds

Colds are the most common cause of swelling of the nasal passages, but persistent symptoms that do not start to improve after 10-14 days may represent a bacterial infection of the sinuses or allergies.
Nasal symptoms that occur after exposure to pets or dust, or recur at the same time of the year, every year, may be allergies.

In brief: Colds

Colds are the most common cause of swelling of the nasal passages, but persistent symptoms that do not start to improve after 10-14 days may represent a bacterial infection of the sinuses or allergies.
Nasal symptoms that occur after exposure to pets or dust, or recur at the same time of the year, every year, may be allergies.
Dr. Paul Williams
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