Does the allergic or viral rhinitis make any difference in reality?

Runny nose, sneezing, red eyes … Sure, you have rhinitis. But is it viral or allergic? Size matters to be decided to adopt the right treatment.

You are meeting with a virus that has been dragging due to your health. Besides the classic signs of rhinitis such as runny nose and scratchy, red or watery eyes, sneezing etc., the common cold or coryza is usually accompanied by a slight sore throat, such as a tingling in the throat, a general malaise, a few aches or a headache.

If it is just a cold, you should not have temperature. September late January and late April are periods of choice for colds. But do not panic, you’re dealing or not, in one week this viral rhinitis will be a bad memory.

WHAT TO DO TO RELIEVE THE SYMPTOMS?

– Clean your face morning and evening with saline spray or pod.
– Try gargling with warm salt water to soothe your throat.
– Take paracetamol or aspirin if you are not allergic.

Antibiotics are totally useless. If runny nose bothers you the day, choose a specialty based on paracetamol and vasoconstrictor, pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine (Fervex®, Actifed®, Rhinadvil® … Avoid in cases of hypertension or narrow-angle glaucoma, pregnant women and children under 15 years.

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR?

– You have a fever.
– Your headaches or throat are intense and persistent.
– You have an earache.
– You cough a lot.

In the presence of these signs, it’s time to consult a doctor.

IDENTIFY ALLERGIC RHINITIS

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis are substantially the same as those of viral rhinitis. The difference is nothing but Chronicity. In other words, if your runny nose, scratch that, your eyes water and you sneeze in some seasons (especially in spring), or in the same places or situations, it is certainly an allergic rhinitis. One way to be sure;go to the allergist to perform skin tests.

WHAT TO DO TO RELIEVE THE SYMPTOMS?

– Take an antihistamine, based desloratadine (Aerius®) or cetirizine (Zyrtecset®) …
– Call corticosteroids prescribed by your doctor if signs handicap you in your everyday life and antihistamines are not enough.
– A final solution is to start a subcutaneous or sublingual with your allergist to say goodbye to your allergies.

WHEN ALARMED?

– You have trouble breathing.
– You are wheezing.
– You have a dry cough at night.
… go check to ensure that you do not have asthma.

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