KANSAS CITY, Mon. ((WDAF) – When the allergy season starts, those who experience symptoms may fear that they have contracted the coronavirus.
In a time of hyper health awareness, concern about the slightest cough or sneeze is understandable, and such symptoms only increase when spring comes and pollen fills the air.
As the pandemic continues, it is important to know when to quarantine and when to just buy Benadryl or other allergy medication. Here are the symptoms specific to allergies compared to COVID-19, as well as some that exist for both.
- Irritated eyes including itching, watering and burning. This can be treated with over-the-counter eye drops or general allergy medication.
- Fever and chills. Fever can range from low temperatures to more than 100 degrees.
- Body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- to cough
- a headache
- Sore throat
- Constipation or runny nose
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing is more complicated, according to the Kansas City Health Department. Both COVID-19 and allergies can cause breathing difficulties. In the case of allergies, however, these usually occur in people who already have a respiratory or lung disease. With COVID-19, breathing problems can occur even in people who have no preconditions.
Anyone concerned about having COVID-19 and showing related symptoms should get a coronavirus test and self-isolate until they get a negative result, according to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To help keep allergies under control, the Mayo Clinic suggests the following tips:
- Reduce your exposure to things that trigger your allergies, like weed and pollen.
- Notice how much pollen is in the air by checking the local media.
- Keep your indoor air clean by using portable High Efficiency Particle Air (HEPA) filters or humidifiers.
- Try an over the counter remedy to relieve symptoms.
- Flush your sinuses with saline solution.
- Consider alternative treatments.
If you need further help, contact your doctor.