KANSAS CITY, MO. – When the allergy season starts, those who experience symptoms may fear that they have contracted the coronavirus.
In a time of over-health awareness, worrying about the slightest cough or sneeze is understandable. These physical expulsions only increase when spring comes and pollen fills the air.
As the pandemic continues, knowing when to be in quarantine and when to just buy some Benadryl is important. Here’s how to spot allergies from COVID-19, as well as some of the symptoms common to both.
- Irritated eyes: This includes itching, watering, and burning. This can be treated with some over-the-counter eye drops or general allergy medication.
- Fever and chills: This can range from low temperatures to over 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.
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