The most common syndromes or problems associated with allergies are hay fever, asthma, conjunctivitis, hives, eczema, dermatitis and sinusitis.

When you sneeze and itch from an allergy, it’s because your immune system is reacting to allergens — such as foods, dust mites and animal dander — that do not bother others.

While allergies can’t be prevented, there are ways to prevent allergic reactions. Some medications can also reduce or eliminate symptoms.

Or perhaps these are symptoms of a cold or flu where a viral infection can affect your nose, throat and lungs. At first, the cold and flu can feel the same: runny nose and sore throat.

You already know a sore throat is a scratchy feeling in the back of your throat that becomes more painful when you swallow. The clinical term is pharyngitis, which describes an inflammation of the throat or pharynx.

But the flu usually hits suddenly while a cold happens more gradually. The biggest difference is that the flu feels much worse.

Viral infections, such as cold and flu, are the most common causes of a sore throat. Home remedies can bring relief while the virus resolves on its own. But a sore throat caused by bacteria — the dreaded strep throat or streptococcal infection — requires antibiotics.

If this is a cold or flu, we can provide advice to start taking an appropriate medication, when perhaps your sore throat is treatable with a simple warm salt water gargle, or in some cases a prescription might turn out to be necessary.

Whether you might have a simple sniffles or that hit-by-a-truck feeling, MedicRelief can provide helpful advice, and help you determine if all you need to do is start with some symptomatic relief, or help decide if you need to seek other treatment earlier for adequate relief.