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How long would a head cold or allergic reaction to spring last?

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Dr. Ivo Ditah

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Posted on Tue, 12 Feb 2019 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: How long should a head cold or allergic reaction to spring last and how do you know which one you have. I have had sneezing and dripping of nose with sore throat. My job at Walgreen's exspusese me to all sorts of disease and illness. I constantly wash my hands and use the hand sanitizer at the wrap stand. We are only allowed 8 absenceses thru the year and then we get written up and fired and I have already used 3 of them.

I also am fused together from neck to tail bone and have dislocated my middle finger on the right hand and have pain like arthritis in my spine and finger when the weather changes here in XXXXXXX I always know when it is going to rain or snow because of the pain.
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 21 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It will last as long as the spring season and allergen are around!

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Spring allergy occurs because there are allergens in the environment. If these are pollen, as long as the pollen is present, you would continue to have these symptoms. Your history of several autoimmune conditions suggest that you are at increased risk for allergies.

The best plan is to get them well managed. We should strive to identify the allergen and try eliminating them. This might entail you wearing a mask so as to avoid coming in contact with the allergen if this is to do with the environment. Also, good medical management with a strong nasal steroid such as Flonase would help.

Ultimately, if you run out of allowed absences/sick days, it is very important you get a doctor's note to justify your absences. No one would fire you knowing you were sick and at the doctors-it is illegal.

I hope this guides and helps you. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up with me if need be.

Regards,
Dr. Ivo Ditah
Internal Medicine Specialist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah 23 minutes later
I really have to keep this job because of the insurance and prescription plan. It gets harder and harder to find a job after 50. My boss does not care for his employees because he is a sadistic monster. He hires baby boomers and works them to death. We have an associate that just had a kidney transplant and is on 2 kinds of anti rejection drugs and not even to mention the beauty advisor with her toe amputated and the second toe bleeding and out of work until it heals and the front counter cashier with a boot on due to hurting her food. All of the milleneuals get great pleasure of bossing us around bullying and harassing us and being lazy and giving us all of their duties. My Latuda causes seizures and is two thousand a month without insurance. I have a coupon from my Psychiatrist to get it for 15 dollars a month. I have an FHA card to pay for the copays for Dr's visits and scripts.
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 15 hours later
Brief Answer:
I understand how important it is to keep your job!

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

You really need to keep this job to be able to look after yourself and afford the health coverage you need.

Be calm, focus on your job and all you could gain from it and ignore your boss. He would surely meet his match in another job or position. What goes around comes around, that is why we must be very mindful of our acts.

I wish you well and do take care of yourself. Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Ivo Ditah
Internal Medicine Specialist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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