Fall Allergies or COVID-19?

With the weather change comes a sore throat, congestion, and similar symptoms. Where this was once a regular occurrence, now you have to ask yourself: is this COVID-19? Identifying the difference between allergies and COVID requires knowing the symptoms for both. Ultimately, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it is best to get tested to be sure.

AFC Urgent Care Bedford provides COVID testing to all patients who need one. Make an appointment and receive yours today. Our providers can also make recommendations for the best medication for allergies. Millions of Americans suffer from allergies, so receive care for your symptoms today.

Similarities in Symptoms

Many allergy symptoms are respiratory-related, leaving sufferers confused about the cause of their sickness. If you find yourself coughing a lot, are you experiencing seasonal allergies or COVID-19? This question makes it essential to know the similar symptoms and how to differentiate the two.

Allergy symptoms can vary from person to person. However, common symptoms include:

  • runny nose
  • cough
  • watery eyes
  • itching
  • shortness of breath
  • wheeze
  • skin rash

On the other hand, COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • runny nose
  • congestion
  • cough
  • fever
  • chills
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • nausea or diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • loss of smell

While the lists of symptoms are not exhaustive, similarities and differences are relatively easy to deduce. A fever commonly accompanies COVID-19. Allergies often include itchiness, typically around the eyes, nose, or from a rash. An individual with a cough, runny nose, and shortness of breath with no fever could very well have allergies. Speaking with your healthcare provider can help you to determine if you still require a COVID test.

Can Allergies Increase my Chance of Getting COVID?

Getting COVID-19 is not typically the result of having another illness. Having severe symptoms can be because of an underlying medical issue. Most commonly, people with existing medical problems do not get a positive COVID-19 test result due to an existing illness. Studies show that asthma or immunocompromised individuals experience the worst cases of the virus. No study has shown the same for people with allergies.

How to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Although you may already be taking precautions against COVID-19, you can also aim to prevent allergies this fall. There are allergens in the home and outside, so knowing what triggers your allergy is beneficial in knowing which precautions to take. If you are unaware of your specific allergy, taking preventative steps both inside and out can be helpful.

Start by changing the filter in your heating unit. An old, dirty filter is sure to get your allergies acting up. You may also want to do some deep cleaning to get rid of dust. Dust can also be on the fall or winter clothing and bedding you’re digging out. While washing these items helps, try a vacuum-sealed bag next time!

When you find yourself outside, try wearing a mask. Pollen can be challenging for allergy sufferers. You may also want to change your clothes as soon as you come home, toss them in the wash, and shower. These tips can help prevent the outside allergens from coming inside. Doing so can make your fall season much healthier!