Suggest treatment for sneezing and runny nose

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Posted on Sat, 13 Jun 2015 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: how do I know if my runny nose is due to allergies or a cold...what is the best way to control the sneezing and runny nose
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
cold would normally have systemic symptoms

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Cough and cold would normally be associated with systemic symptoms such as fever, fatigue, malaise (generally feeling unwell) but allergies would normally not be associated with these issues unless very severe.

Also with allergies, there would normally be a history of recurrent episodes or triggers for symptoms eg exposed to dust/pollen/certain animals/foods and symptoms occur.

If you do not have repeated allergic symptoms then likely due to a cold though some of the medication is the same for both cough/cold and allergies.

Treatment: (1) an oral antihistamine/decongestant combination would help with the runny nose/sneezing

Available over the counter eg benadryl decongestant, allegra d, zyrtec d, claritine d
If you have a cough, choose an over the counter medication that also has in a cough suppressant as well

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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