Is that an Allergy or a Cold: – What are you suffering from?

If you are wondering if you have an allergy or a cold – read on

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What is a cold?

Colds are caused by Hundreds of different viruses. When any of the cold viruses get in to our body, our immune system attacks it. The germs that cause colds are contagious.

You can pick them up when an infected person sneezes, coughs or shakes hands with you. After a couple of weeks, at the most, our immune system fights off the virus and we should stop having symptoms.

What is an allergy?

Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system. For some reason, your body mistakes harmless substances – such as dust or pollen – for germs and attacks them. Your body releases chemicals such as histamine, just as it does when fighting a cold. This can cause swelling in your nasal passages, a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. Allergies are not contagious, although some people may inherit a tendency to develop them.

Differences between Colds and Allergies:-

Characteristic Cold Allergy
Duration 3-14 days Days to months as long as exposed to allergens
Time of Year possible at any time Any time of the year — although the appearance of some allergens are seasonal
Onset of symptoms Symptoms appear after some Symptoms appear immediately

To confirm whether you are allergic or not, you can go for an allergic test (PHADIA TOP).

Phadiatop is a test to confirm whether you are allergic or not. The major use of the test is to help rule out any allergies (IgE-mediated disease) as the cause of a patient’s symptoms. Since inhalant symptoms can be elusive and may resemble a bacterial or viral infection, a reliable atopy or allergy screen is often very cost effective.

Allergy test - Phadiatop - Phadkelabs

Once Phadiatop comes positive then go in for Rhinitis Immunocap panel to confirm whether which allergen you are allergic to.

Rhinitis panel includes the following allergens:-

1 Acacia 13 Sorghum Halepense 25 Cladosporium Herbasum
2 Eucalyptus 14 Paspalum Notatum 26 Aspergillus Fumigatus
3 Gum tree 15 Juniperus Sabinoides 27 Candida Albicans
4 Grey Alder 16 Quercus Alba 28 Alternaria Alternata
5 White pine 17 Ulma Americana 29 Setomelanomma Rostrata
6 Common Pigweed 18 Populus Deltoides 30 Ambrosia Elatior
7 House dust mite 19 Prosopis Juliflora 31 Artemisia Vulgaris
8 Cockroach 20 Cat Dander 32 Plantago Hanceolata
9 Cynodon Dactylon 21 Dog Dander 33 Chenopodium Album
10 Lolium Perenne 22 Horse Dander 34 Salsola Kali
11 Phleum Pratense 23 Cow dander
12 Poa Pratensis 24 Penicillium Crysogenum

There are different panels that you can test for if your Phadiatop comes positive.

    1. If You have symptoms like Itching,Skin rashes and redness,Patchy skin, then go in for Eczema Panel.
    1. If You have symptoms like Musical or whistling Sound then go in for Wheezing Panel. If You have symptoms like Tingling or itching in the mouth, Hives, itching or eczema, Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat or other parts of the body, Wheezing, nasal congestion or trouble breathing, Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting.then go in for Food Panel. In food we have both a Veg and a Non Veg panel.
    1. If You have symptoms like Sneezing, Runny nose, Itchy, Red or watery eyes,Nasal congestion. then go in for Dust Panel.
    1. If You have symptoms like Sneezing,Runny or stuffy nose,Facial pain (from nasal congestion),Coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing,Watery, red or itchy eyes,Skin rash or hives. then go in for Animal Panel.
    1. If You have symptoms like similar to the mentioned in the food panel,& if you suspect it could be because of Nuts then go in for nut Panel.
    1. After administration of any of the drug, if you have any allergic like symptoms then go for Drug Panel
  1. If you have any of the above symptoms & not sure what is causing the allergy then go in for the comprehensive panel.

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