Yesterday morning my nose started itching on the inside. Just thought it was my allergies to pollen acting up. This was about 9:00am. At about 3:30pm went to pick up my son from camp. Got home and started sneezing which produced a huge amount of mucus. A little after that my nose started running and had to blow it about every ten minutes. About an hour or so later I had extreme itching on the base of my left palm. Not the whole palm but just the lower base just above the wrist. Then after another hour or so I started getting pain in both hands, sometimes in the joints and sometimes though the top of the hand from the wrist to the base of my fingers. I also got nauseous once but only that one time and it only lasted about 5-7 minutes.
I thought I was having an allergic reaction to something I came in contact with in the park where my son goes to camp. I took some benedryl and fell asleep. Woke up this morning with the same symptoms except now my neck is stiff and quite sore. I have also developed a mild cough but I only cough once every hour to hour and a half. I have not had any headaches or chills. I do sneeze a lot and the itch on my palm comes and goes. It won't itch for several hours and then all of a sudden it it itches intensely for about 10 minutes then stops. My nose continues to run like a faucet having to blow it every few minutes. Any help would be appreciated.
The constant runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion could be due to vasomotor rhinitis, in which the symptoms occur in response to a trigger, like eating spicy food or going outside in the cold. The primary treatment is simply avoiding the things that trigger your symptoms. It is often treated with a drying nasal spray (like Atrovent) and antihistamines like chlopheneramine and lovatidine are effective. Nasal decongestant drops too relieve congestion. Please consult your primary care physician for further evaluation.
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