Springtime Sniffles: How to Tell if You Have Allergies or Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing at the same time as many peoples’ allergies across the US and Europe. People with severe allergies are worried they might be dealing with the coronavirus. Though the most common symptoms are the same, there are some key differences in how allergies and COVID-19 present themselves. Here are some ways to tell what you’re dealing with. If you think you might have coronavirus, don’t rush to a clinic just yet. Call your doctor on the phone and ask what you need to do. Most doctors will advise you not to be tested, but to wait it out in your home so you don’t risk infecting anyone else. If you’re pretty sure your sniffles and cough are just allergies, it might still be wise to call your doctor and ask how to reduce the symptoms and stay safe from COVID-19. 

Symptoms of Allergies

If you’re an unfortunate victim of allergies around this time of the year, you’re more than familiar with the symptoms. Still, it’s best to compare the symptoms and make sure you aren’t dealing with anything worse. 

The most common symptoms of allergies are:

  • Nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and sometimes a loss of smell (this is usually associated with severe allergies)
  • Dry coughing, throat clearing
  • If you have asthma, allergies may worsen your symptoms and cause you to experience wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Itchy, watery eyes

If you’re dealing with allergies, try to get your symptoms under control. Allergies can weaken your respiratory system and make you more susceptible to contracting COVID-19. Take allergy relief medicine every day, take a concentrated dose of vitamin-C, and consult your doctor if your allergies are severe.

Symptoms of COVID-19

While the symptoms of COVID-19 and allergies are very similar, there are some more extreme and unique symptoms that come with coronavirus. If you have any of the following symptoms, consult your doctor immediately:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Digestive symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea)

These are the extreme symptoms of COVID-19, and any one of them might be an indicator to call your doctor. If you want to reduce your chance of contracting coronavirus, limit your time around other people, don’t make contact with anyone else, don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, and stand 6 feet away from other people whenever possible. Make sure to keep your allergy symptoms under control and wear a face mask in public at all times. 

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If you’re still unsure about your symptoms, call your local MD365 clinic to get in touch with one of our experienced physicians or nurse practitioners. With televisits, we can meet with you to discuss your symptoms without the risk of leaving your home. Cut the wait and cost when you schedule a tele-visit with MD365. We’re your local one-stop clinic for almost any medical concern. Call or visit our website to make an appointment with us today!

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