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Is it possible to have the flu without a fever, I keep sneezing have a sore throat, itchy eye, dry cough, back pain, headach & runny nose?

Mgt. From your description, another possible cause is an allergic reaction. I would recommend a dose of an over the counter antihistamine to assess if it helps. Have you had your flu vaccination? If not, I would recommend it unless otherwise contraindicated. Read more...

I have a chronic runny nose during allergy season, but no other allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes or sneezing. Is there an antihistamine that tends to work better for runny nose only? How long should I stay on an antihistamine to tell if it works befo

Nasal medications. Nasal steroids and nasal antihistamines might work better. The other possibility is that you do not have allergy and just have vasomotor rhinitis or irritant rhinitis. This may be approached with different medications. Read more...
Allegra & Claritin (loratadine) Allegra (fexofenadine) & Claritin (loratadine) (loratidine) have the advantage of long duration of action (~24 hours) and lack of sedation. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is nearly as good but 1 in 12 users get drowsy on this one. All otc antihistamines treat all symptoms of allergic noses and eyes except for stuffy nose. Buy the generic versions and get the same effect at lower cost. Read more...

Cold or flu? I have allergies. First 24hrs - runny nose and itchy eyes; 48hrs - nose, mucus in chest, throbbing n lymph nodes, headache, appetite loss

Viral infection. The symptoms you describe are most likely caused by a viral infection. The "flu" is also a viral illness but the symptoms are usually more severe, including fever, cough, headache, muscle aches and chills. I doubt that you are having an allergy reaction. I would treat your symptoms symptomatically with Ibuprofen or acetaminophen, fluids and rest. You should feel better in a few days. Read more...
Viral infection. Your symptoms are likely an acute viral illness. Your family physician can easily treat this if over the counter meds are not helpful or symptoms worsen. Read more...

I am having problem from runny nose and itchy eyes, itchy throats, I took medicine cold n flu but didn't work my nose is still running. Please help me?

Allergies. It sounds like you have allergic rhinitis, not a virus. You should take allergy medicine, like claritin, Allegra or zyrtec, with the decongestant if you don't have high blood pressure. Or see your doctor about a nasal steroid spray. Read more...
Allergies itch. Sounds like an allergy more than a cold, which is from a virus. Viruses don't itch. Allergies do. Try some clairitn, zyrtec, or Allegra (fexofenadine) from the pharmacy. Read more...

My 3 yr old has horrible allergies. He has red, puffy, itchy eyes and a runny nose and sneezing. No allergy meds are helping him, what can I do?

See an allergist. In some cases, medications alone (especially when only otc meds are being used) may not be adequate to treat allergies. I suggest you take him to an allergist, who can perform testing to determine exactly to what he is allergic. They can also recommend ways to avoid the allergens, if possible, and may have additional therapies that can improve your child's symptoms. Read more...
Eye drops? Most people try claritin, zyrtec, allegra, but eye drops such as zatidor or Patanol (olopatadine) can also help with symptoms. Pollen season is very very tough for many kids right now. Part of the challenge will be to fight through this tough peak of pollen. Read more...
Allergists. Please take your baby to see an allergist. An allergist can help identify what allergens are causing all the trouble. It may be possible to eliminate them from the baby's environment. There are a number of prescription medications that may help. And allergy shots, although young children don't like them, are also an option. Read more...

Can I take zyrtec (cetirizine) while pregnant? If not, what can I take to ease my allergies (sneezing, itchy eyes and ears, runny nose)?

Confirm. I would suggest a saline rinse for nose and eyes. It should be safe, but please check with your local pharmacy and OB. They have up to date computerized information. Using a HEPA filter at home and avoiding triggers will also help. Read more...

Currently I have seasonal Allergy (Ragweed) sneezing runny nose, itchy nose/ throat, Is it ok to take my annual Flu shot now or should I wait.?

Mgt. For your allergic symptoms, your PCP may prescribe an anti-histamine, nasal saline and/or a nasal steroid. You can still have your flu vaccine as recommended. Read more...