Allergies-Please Help!

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I'm hoping someone can give me some feedback on this as I've never had allergies but think I may have now. Symptoms: out of nowhere an itching constant cough begins, my nose begins to drip, throat becomes sore, hrs later head is congested, headache starts, body feels achey and sometimes chills set in. Since I've always suffered only head colds when I do catch a cold, I naturally thought this was a cold. But this past winter these conditions happened 3 times during a 2 mo period so I knew it couldn't be a cold. Then I thought I was catching a flu that would last only a couple days. As this has now happened AGAIN, I know it can't be cold or flu. This time when these symptoms began, I was at work and actually felt as tho I'd inhaled something that immediately caused me to begin coughing--that itchy cough in your lungs. So are these symptoms common of allergy/hay fever? I didn't know coughing could be a symptom. Also as the days go on the coughing, which has calmed down, produces lots of phlem. Are these symptoms of allergies? Right now I'm without medical insurance due to a job change so I'm seeking info from others. I've used Benadryl Allergy for some relief but usually I'm out of work for 1 day when this hits. Would appreciate any and all feedback.

Thanks so much.

On May 12, 2002

Firstly, go for an allergy skin testing for seasonal, and food allergies. That will help you get started. Did you get something new in your house? Like a new puppy?

On May 12, 2002

Do you have a cat? Also, my kids get this in the spring due to tree pollen allergies.

On May 10, 2003

Do you have feathered pillows?

On May 10, 2003

I just had to jump in with my two cents. You mentioned a job change. I wonder if it could be something in the office that is setting you off such as carpeting, something in the air ducts, etc. How about at home - have you had carpeting installed, is it a new home, have you had your heating and cooling systems checked?

On May 10, 2003

One more thing - the phlegmy cough could be indicative of asthma. My six year old is PA but also has asthma which comes on as an itchy throat, coughing with a lot of phlegm.

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