Can allergy symptoms mimic the flu?

Symptoms of allergic reactions and influenza are similar. Only an allergist will be able to identify it correctly. One may find it quite difficult to identify whether the symptoms relates to flu or allergic reaction  as he is not very clear about the various symptoms and their probable causes. So in this article I am going to explain the similarities and dissimilarities shown by these two types of symptoms.

Snore muscle, aching head, runny nose, lack of energy etc are the common symptoms of flu.  But these are the symptoms shown by rhinitis or food allergy also. These allergic reactions can either be seasonal or throughout the year. If the symptoms are shown frequently it can be due to allergic reactions as most people gets flu once in a year or so only.

Fever and aches

Sudden onset of fever which usually varies from 102 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit generally represents influenza. Temperature of adults can be lesser than that of children with influenza. Body aches usually accompanies flu in its earlier stages. Similarly fever related to allergies seldom goes high like that in influenza.

Vomiting and nausea

If the nausea experienced by a patient is not accompanied by runny nose or cough, then it can be considered as related to allergic reactions as nausea in flue is not accompanied by runny nose or cough. Only an allergist will be able to distinguish between some symptoms shown by allergies to dairy products, wheat, nuts etc. Diarrhea is a symptom of food allergy. But it is not a symptom of flu. These are also not symptoms of allergies related to respiratory issues.

Headache

Every flu will be accompanied by headache caused due to the immune reaction of the virus related to influenza, nasal issues, swelling etc. The headaches caused the rhinitis is characterized by the increased mucus production in the sinuses, nose, ear etc. Food allergies also can result in headaches.  But they never occur without symptoms of pain related to gastro intestine or swelling of face and throat.

Fatigue and dizziness

Allergy sufferers often report tiredness and dizziness. The fatigue shown by flu continues even after the symptoms have vanished. Dizziness and lightheadedness shown by allergies are often serious in nature. The dizziness and lightheadedness associated with food allergy are serous symptoms. Any swelling of throat or difficulty in breathing has to be reported immediately as they can relate to serious medical conditions.

Understanding the of sleep apnea tests and its symptoms

Do you suspect that you or someone dear to you is suffering from sleep apnea as revealed from the symptoms?.  Are you in search of some more information from a sleep apnea doctor to ascertain the meaning of the symptoms shown? Sleep apnea   is a very common sleep disorder which can take dangerous proportions if not taken care of.  Leaving this condition untreated can pave way for dangerous conditions like attacks, strokes and high blood pressure.

Proper diagnosis of this disease can be done at a sleep center by a specialized doctor. In this article I intend to give a brief account of symptoms shown by sleep apnea patients and the details of the tests conducted to ascertain the existence of sleep apnea.

Symptoms

Two important symptoms of sleep apnea are tiredness in the morning and snoring at night with chocking sounds and gasps. Other symptoms include:

  1. Morning headache
  2. High blood pressure
  3. Dry throat or mouth in the morning
  4. Obesity
  5. Anxiety, depression and inability to concentrate on anything
  6. Decreased libido
  7. Restless sleep
  8. Frequent urination
  9. Confusion on waking up

Sleep apnea test

  1. Nocturnal poysomnography: In this many parameters related to the sleep of the patient are recorded for understanding and further investigation. These include heart and lung activity, breathing patterns, oxygen level in your blood while you sleep, movement of the extremities etc. This is the most common test used for diagnosing sleep apnea.
  2. Portable device for monitoring sleep parameters: For some patients doctors recommend portable devices with which the sleep parameters of the patient is recorded while he sleeps in his house. These tests are conducted during a series of nights and after the test is completed the patient reports the result to the doctor. If any abnormality is noticed the patient is requested to conduct a polysomnography in a sleep center.
  3. In some cases, the sleep apnea doctor may ask the patient to get checked up by an  ear, nose or throat specialist as well as a neuro specialist to check whether there is any obstruction