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This past winter season has done its part in confusing even medical professionals. When it comes to preparing our patients for avoiding sickness, drastic changes in weather can present a challenge.
Now that spring is officially upon us, we are all excited at the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. But with embracing the mild weather and blooming tulips there comes loads of powdery pollen swirling in the air to avoid.
Achoo! Achoo! So is it a cold or allergies? Well, sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.
Is it possible to have both a cold and allergic rhinitis? Yes!
As a matter of fact, the allergen (in many cases pollen) can often trigger a cold.
Both seasonal allergies and the common cold share similar symptoms including:
Symptoms that are more than likely to prove you are suffering from allergies and less likely a cold include:
If you experience any of these allergy symptoms, it is best to try an over-the-counter anti-histamine.
The nasal pressure and congestion can be relieved with nasal rinsing and decongestants. Avoid using the nasal sprays or decongestants for more than 3 days.
Neti pots are a great treatment to clear out the bacteria and viruses harboring in your sinus passages. You can make your own Neti pot by following the simple instructions below. It works wonders!
Make Your Own Neti Pot
Here are some other tips for fighting allergic rhinitis during Spring Season:
If your allergy symptoms do not improve, make an appointment with your doctor!
Dr. Elizabeth Lee is a primary care physician with WakeMed Physician Practices in Downtown Raleigh. She is board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), specializing in lifestyle medicine. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee. You can also follow Dr. Lee on her personal blog.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610