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  • Hayfever or a cold? How can you tell??

    I've got a bunged up nose and am sneezing about a million times a day/night and every time I do my left eye streams. I've had episodes like this in the past but have never noticed a pattern in terms of time of year or anything. Anyway, I was moaning about it earlier to a colleague and he fell about laughing saying I say the same thing every year and so it's obviously hay fever So how the hell do you know? I mean, if you're only reacting to one type of pollen that might only be around for a week or two each year, how do you know that's what it is and not just a random cold?? Both the kids have mild 'colds' at the moment and coughs, so have they got hayfever or just colds??

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    Re: Hayfever or a cold? How can you tell??

    having googled it myself, the basic answer that if it lasts longer than a week or 2 it's hayfever...

    also, (tmi) if the snot is clear, colourless & runny as opposed to yellowy/green, then it's hayfever....

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      Re: Hayfever or a cold? How can you tell??

      I'm not really sure tbh. I have sniffles all year around but particularly in the summer. The old ppl I work with think I'm very poorly but it's hayferver in the summer. But I do have really bad sneezing fits all year around but I have a lot of allergies. You should try taking some anti hayfever tabs and see if it makes a difference. If it's not hayfever it'll not do you any harm iyswim

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        Re: Hayfever or a cold? How can you tell??

        Up until last night i thought my hayfever was really bad, then i got a sore throat and a temp so now i think i have a cold as well as hayfever, great!

        I agree that you could try antihistamines and if they don't help then it is probably a cold.

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          Re: Hayfever or a cold? How can you tell??

          When I first got hay fever, I was working for the National Institute for Medical Research. So was in an "experimental" frame of mind.

          I wandered outside, got a bit of grass pollen from the meadows, and sniffed it up one nostril. Within 10 mins, that nostril was streaming and the other was fine. Definitely hay fever.

          Good job humans have two nostrils, really. The experiment wouldn't have been anywhere near so easy without a "control" nostril!

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            Re: Hayfever or a cold? How can you tell??

            Originally posted by myzzterri View Post
            having googled it myself, the basic answer that if it lasts longer than a week or 2 it's hayfever...

            also, (tmi) if the snot is clear, colourless & runny as opposed to yellowy/green, then it's hayfever....
            Really??? I must have it a lot then, as I only ever have yucky (ie non-clear) snot when my sinuses are killing

            Redhed that's fantastic - love the idea of a control nostril

            Might try some piriton tonight then. If nothing else it should knock me out a bit which would be useful

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              Re: Hayfever or a cold? How can you tell??

              Originally posted by redhed View Post
              Good job humans have two nostrils, really. The experiment wouldn't have been anywhere near so easy without a "control" nostril!
              PMSL I suppose the control nostril will then act as an "auxiliary" whilst the trial nostril recovers from the experiment

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                Re: Hayfever or a cold? How can you tell??

                Originally posted by Roo View Post
                Might try some piriton tonight then. If nothing else it should knock me out a bit which would be useful
                TBH that's how I do proceed! I take antihistamines and if the "thing" goes away, it's hayfever. If it doesn't, it's a cold.

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