A cold vs. Allergies

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   Posted 4/28/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I'm a new member so i'll tell you a little bit about myself first. I am 15 yrs old and I have had allergies and asthma since i was about four yrs old. I am allergic to darn near everything...well at least it feels like it, Things like mold, mildew, dust, cats, dogs, and strong perfumes are hard to avoid when u go to school for most of your life. You may think you can avoid the cat and dog thing, but you'll be surprised how often people come to school with cat or dog hair on them, especiall ur own friends. Often i'm not bothered, so i can never expect when i'll get reactions like runny nose, sneezing, watery and ichy eyes. It makes it worse because i have asthma. But then i never know if i'm sick with a cold or if i'm having an allergic reaction because i get the same symptoms that i get with alergies as when i'm sick. So i don't know if i should take my inhaler and dimetapp or my inhaler and allergy medecine. If anyone knows how you can tell the difference i would be gratefull.

Post Edited (BookLover4life) : 4/29/2007 9:41:16 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 4/28/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you talked to your doctor about it?  Also, do you see an allergist for your allergies and asthma?  From everything I read, most asthma/allergy patients do better when treated by an allergist.  You might mention this to your parents.
I am 56 years old and have pretty much had allergies all of my adult life.  I'm sure I had them as a child, they just didn't call it allergies back then.  Five years ago I had the onset of severe asthma and use a nebulizer and several other medications, one of which is Xolair.  Xolair is an injection I take every 28 days.
In answer to your question, I always use my allergy medicine.  It is hard for me to know how severe your allergies are.  If it is just a cold, you don't want to let it go into bronchitis.  Does your doctor have you on any regular medications for allergies and asthma?  When were you diagnosed with asthma?
Carla from Kentucky
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