Allergies or COVID: The Symptoms and How to Tell the Difference

Allergies or COVID-19?

Allergies or COVID

Allergy symptoms can hit us hard, especially this year, as the allergy season is believed to be stronger and longer this year. For many, their allergies have seemed worse this spring. While the typical allergy symptoms are well-known to sufferers, with COVID-19, the signs of the coronavirus can look similar to allergy symptoms which can cause concern for many people. Thankfully, being able to spot the differences can help you determine if it’s allergies or COVID-19.

To help put your mind at ease, learn more about the differences so you can help determine if your symptoms stem from allergies or COVID-19.

Allergies or COVID: What are the Symptoms?

COVID-19: Sore throat, dry cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of taste, loss of smell, body aches, chills, and fever.

Allergies: Rashes, runny nose, congestions, coughing, post-nasal drip, facial pressure, sneezing, headaches, wheezing, mild fatigue, itchy eyes, and hives.

If you are experiencing sneezing, along with a sore throat, fever, chills, and body aches, there’s a low chance that it’s from allergies. Experiencing chills and fever typically are only experienced when a person has the flu or COVID, so if you are experiencing these symptoms, go get a COVID test.

If you happen to be experiencing an overlap of symptoms between the two and are not experiencing a loss of taste, taking a trial of allergy medication is recommended. This will allow you to see if you experience an improvement in your symptoms. If you do experience an improvement, chances are its allergies. However, if you don’t experience any relief or improvement in your symptoms after taking allergy medication, go get tested for COVID-19.

While in some cases, knowing the difference can be clear-cut, but everybody can be affected differently. So at the end of the day, if you are still unsure of your symptoms, then you should err on the side of caution and go get tested for coronavirus.

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