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Suggest treatment for sneezing, runny nose and cough

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Posted on Mon, 28 Sep 2015
Question: an.How can I tell if its a cold, sinus bronchitis, or allergy,?My symptoms are sneezing ,running nose coughing what can I take to help.tennie

I have this type of reaction about once or sometime twice a year.
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (29 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Most likely an allergy!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about these symptoms that you have reported. Bronchitis, cold and sinusitis would often presents with a fever. Absence of this makes it more suggestive of an allergy. I will recommend that you try to look around the environment and see what often accompanies these symptoms during the periods of the year that you have mentioned. This is because the best way to control an allergy is to identify the cause and eliminate from the surrounding.

For now, continue with Benadryl and saline nasal spray. These should be able to help address this within 7-10days or less if the cause is identified and eliminated form the environment.

I hope this helps. I wish you well and do keep me updated about your progress. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
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Brief Answer: Most likely an allergy! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about these symptoms that you have reported. Bronchitis, cold and sinusitis would often presents with a fever. Absence of this makes it more suggestive of an allergy. I will recommend that you try to look around the environment and see what often accompanies these symptoms during the periods of the year that you have mentioned. This is because the best way to control an allergy is to identify the cause and eliminate from the surrounding. For now, continue with Benadryl and saline nasal spray. These should be able to help address this within 7-10days or less if the cause is identified and eliminated form the environment. I hope this helps. I wish you well and do keep me updated about your progress. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.