Yep, you can have a cold and allergies at the same time. I can tell you right now that the best way to get accurate information is to get examined, but yes, you can have allergies and a cold and even asthma all at once.
Home remedies while waiting for the doc include what you are already doing, but you may want to also try some nasal irrigation as well as a humidifier. Drink lots of fluids, try to stay away from your allergy triggers, gets lots of nutrients, and rest when you can.
There are lots of articles on WebMd about managing colds and allergies.View Thread
Good idea to check with your doc, but it reminds me of when I had my tooth pulled and had a huge gaping hole there, which caught food and debris and small animals and whatnot. But nature usually abhors a vacuum, especially in the soft tissues of the mouth, and that huge hole got smaller and smaller and now is completely closed.
Of course, nobody but your doctor can tell for sure exactly what will happen to your tonsil holes, but I would say that it's likely they would fill in relatively quickly, or at least get to a point where they don't trap food as much. Meantime, good luck with that liquid diet and with getting in touch with the doc.View Thread
I used to use q-tips when I was younger, but I was always very careful and never dug too hard, and never hurt myself. When I tried to stop using q-tips, I had a heck of a time getting rid of all that itchy wax! Hot showers helped a little.View Thread
I'm not a doctor (obviously) but every cold-treatment guide I've ever read has said it's best to rest while having a cold, so more of your body's defenses can be marshalled toward fighting it. Taking vitamins, staying hydrated, and eating healthy food is always good too!
Take care of yourself, and I hope you feel better soon.View Thread
Am at work at the moment so I can't reply directlly to the blog, but I wanted to say how wonderful this latest blog entry was, and how I wish everyone in the health care industry could read it.
There are many factors to the rising costs in health care, like pharmaceutical companies, malpractice insurance/malpractice lawsuits, cost of specialized training and equipment, etc etc etc. But ultimately I agree that much could be gained if we all had the will to work together in lowering medical costs.
Even I, lowly CSR that I am, have helped people maximize their health benefits by choosing generic medications and advising them what questions to ask their doctors, who don't always know what medications will cost less among the same group of medications. Obviously I can't help prescribe but I can at least help them understand a little more about how benefits work. There are many opportunities for improvement even now.
I'll stop being longwinded in just a second. Thank you to Dr. Moser for writing this and thus increasing awareness about this problem, and thank you to WebMD for being here and hosting it.View Thread
Good point, and it's nice to hear that there is some sort of patient encounter rating system in place, flawed as it may be. Believe me, working where I do I certainly know about flawed rating systems.View Thread