Imagine a season where you experience no allergies. Sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose is non-existent in this scenario. Now, on the opposite end of the spectrum and visualize everything you go through with allergies. At times, it can feel like you’ve contracted COVID-19. Logically, you could have allergies and COVID at the same time. Although many of the symptoms are similar, some differences can help you tell them apart.
Common Allergy Symptoms
If you find yourself with allergies, you will likely experience at least one of the following:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
Most people suffering from allergies have a dry cough that tickles the throat. A wet cough is not likely allergies.
Symptoms of COVID
There is a long list of COVID symptoms, but some are more common than others. The ones to look out for include:
- Dry cough
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste
- Loss of smell
- Body aches
- Breathing troubles
A few other, less common symptoms can accompany COVID-19. COVID toes, a skin rash, pinkeye, and similar occurrences can happen. If you have any of the mentioned symptoms, contact your primary care physician to determine the need for a test. Most healthcare providers would recommend self-isolating until you get a negative test result.
Common Similar Symptoms
The commonalities between allergy and COVID-19 symptoms include a dry cough, runny nose, and congestion. While this seems like a short list compared to the long list of COVID symptoms, they are not uncommon. Differentiating between the two illnesses often requires a temperature check. A person with allergies will not have a fever; a person with COVID-19 will likely have a fever.
Managing your allergies starts with knowing what causes your reactions. Is it dust or pollen? Or, is there something else that makes you congested? By knowing what the allergen is, you are better able to eliminate it. Of course, it is not possible to eliminate these allergens completely. However, there are steps to take that can reduce their presence in your life.
For example, if pollen is the culprit, do not drive with your windows down. Do not wear your street clothes in your bed or on your furniture. These kinds of actions can help reduce how much pollen you are exposed to over the course of the day. Another preventative is simply taking an over-the-counter allergy medication daily.
Remember to follow standard COVID-19 protocol in preventing the spread. Maintain six feet of distance between you and people that don’t live with you. Wear a mask. Wash your hands and use sanitizer regularly. Get vaccinated. Following this etiquette can aid in the effort to stop the virus from spreading.