8 doctors weighed in:

I have had symptoms of a cold now for about 3 years now. My doctor has tested me for allergies but non found. What can be the cause?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Non-Allergic Rhiniti

There are many forms of allergic rhinitis: non-allergic, vasomotor, hormonal, non-infectious, cold-induced, etc.
It depends on how old u r. It also depends what u were tested for. Perennial allergic rhinitis is due to allergies to indoor things that are tested but not limited to dust mite, cat, dog, mold, cockroach, feather, etc. Allergies can be treated even if u test neg. C ur allergist.

In brief: Non-Allergic Rhiniti

There are many forms of allergic rhinitis: non-allergic, vasomotor, hormonal, non-infectious, cold-induced, etc.
It depends on how old u r. It also depends what u were tested for. Perennial allergic rhinitis is due to allergies to indoor things that are tested but not limited to dust mite, cat, dog, mold, cockroach, feather, etc. Allergies can be treated even if u test neg. C ur allergist.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Thank
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If by symptoms of a "cold" you mean a stuffy nose then further evaluation may be necessary.
Nasal stuffiness can be a symptom of rhinitis (allergic and non allergic) nasal polyps, chronic sinus disease, anatomic variations in your nose and other pathology. Talk with you doctor about seeing a board certified allergists to provide a comprehensive evaluation.

In brief: Depends

If by symptoms of a "cold" you mean a stuffy nose then further evaluation may be necessary.
Nasal stuffiness can be a symptom of rhinitis (allergic and non allergic) nasal polyps, chronic sinus disease, anatomic variations in your nose and other pathology. Talk with you doctor about seeing a board certified allergists to provide a comprehensive evaluation.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Thank
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Perennial rhinitis

There is a condition called perennial rhinitis, where you have a runny nose for no apparent reason.
Typically, allergy medicines don't help. It may be made worse by changes in temperature.

In brief: Perennial rhinitis

There is a condition called perennial rhinitis, where you have a runny nose for no apparent reason.
Typically, allergy medicines don't help. It may be made worse by changes in temperature.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Jack Mutnick
I would disagree with this definition. Perennial Allergic Rhinitis is due to the typical indoor allergens I described. What Dr. Majeroni is describing is something known as Non-Allergic Rhinitis and I am sorry but I TOTALLY disagree that "allergy medicines don't help." NOT TRUE. C UR Allergist and they can provide a medicine perfect to help get UR "cold symptoms " under control.
Dr. Anlin Xu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Sinusitis

"a cold never goes away" can be sign of chronic sinusitis.
Ask your doctor if a sinus xr or ct may be appropriate. That may give you some clue.

In brief: Sinusitis

"a cold never goes away" can be sign of chronic sinusitis.
Ask your doctor if a sinus xr or ct may be appropriate. That may give you some clue.
Dr. Anlin Xu
Dr. Anlin Xu
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Smith
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
382K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors