(Closed) Allergies or a respiratory sickness?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I actually have something similar going on, and was trying to figure out the same thing. I’m going to try allergy meds, if they work I’ll assume that’s what it is, if not then it’s a cold and I’ll just wait it out.

Based on the snow mold thing it sounds like it could be allergies, since a mold allergy would impact your sinuses.  

Also you might feel worse at work because you don’t want to be there…mabye not…but I notice I alwasy feel crappy at work because I secretly want to take sick time and get the heck out of here…once I get home I feel perfectly ok haha

Post # 4
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was just dealing with the same issue!

Two things to consider:

1. Check out pollen and mold counts for your area.  If all are low, or if you know what you’re allergic to and that is low, it’s probably a cold.

2. In my situation I was sooo fatigued.  It felt like more than tiredness from not sleeping enough.  This hard to tell though.

Post # 5
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It sounds more like sickness than allergies to me especially the dizziness but sometimes when I have things that are like allergies, I just sleep them out on my own anyway.

Post # 7
402 posts
Helper bee

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy:  One of the BEST signs of allergies is DIZZINESS! Most dizziness is related to problems with the inner ear… aka… allergies (cause swelling, fluids in there to differ than normal). More specifically I should say, they can cause ear infections/sinus infections which may be the culprit.

Drowsiness is also a sign of allegies. TAKE YOUR TEMP! πŸ˜› Fever = Cold.. no fever = allgeries. If you do have a fever, you may have a sinus infection OR a cold… 

It sounds to me like allergies.. get OTC Zyrtec and if that does not help you then you should treat it as a cold… if it becomes much worse – go see your Dr.


A good way to check pollen counts is to go to weather.com and type in your zip code.. If there is a flag at the top of the page about pollen counts… then they are high in your area!

Hope this all helps – Drink plenty of fluids and rest!

Post # 8
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Allergies lead to sinus infections and respiratory illness, so in a way, it doesn’t matter which it is. I’d talk to your doctor. I had chronic sinus and chest infections (like 6+ a year) until I got my allergies under control. I haven’t had one in over a year now. Seeing as how it’s the beginning of spring, it’s pretty likely that it’s allergy related, but it could have escalated into something else!

Post # 9
46411 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s not the cause that should affect your decision to seek medical attention, it’s the symptoms. If not allergenic in origin, many times these symptoms are viral and do not require medical attention.

  There is a huge study out now that, in fact, most cases of sinusitis, no matter the contributing factors, are viral and antibiotics will not help.

You can do the” Check your symptoms” on this website for” Respiratory problems” and “dizziness”. It may help you decide if you need to seek medical attention. There is lots of good information on Home Treatment also.



Post # 12
10572 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Try a nasal saline rinse.  It should help whether you have allergies, a sinus infection, or cold or some combination.

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