Spring is officially here. And while this means that most of us can get outside and enjoy the nice weather, it means something different to allergy sufferers. If you have seasonal allergies, then you know how painful and annoying your symptoms can be. However, given the pandemic, these symptoms can also be alarming. Certain symptoms might have you wondering- is it allergies or COVID? Below, we’ll share the key differences between allergy and COVID-19 symptoms.
Is it Allergies or COVID symptoms?
Generally speaking, allergy and COVID symptoms are pretty different. Allergy patients usually deal with nose and sinus congestion, sneezing, and watery eyes, though more severe allergies may present with hives, rashes, or symptoms similar to a cold. COVID, on the other hand, usually presents with respiratory symptoms. The most famous symptom is a dry cough, but chest tightness, wheezing, fever, headache, and muscle aches are all common as well.
When Warning Signs Overlap
COVID and allergy symptoms don’t generally overlap. However, a few symptoms are similar and may cause some confusion. For instance, allergy patients might also experience a cough or shortness of breath, especially if they have asthma, too. Patients with severe congestion might also have a weakened sense of taste and smell. It’s important to look at your symptoms as a whole. Allergy patients will usually experience other allergy symptoms, and issues should improve with allergy medicine. COVID symptoms can be more severe and also usually come with a fever.
So is it allergies or COVID? If you’re not sure, then it’s best to get a COVID test. Tests are easy and convenient. Plus, they are the only way to confirm cases of COVID-19. Getting a test might is the best way to protect your health, as well as the health of your community.
Take Charge of Your Health
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, DM Clinical Research has been working to keep Houston safe. From testing and vaccine trials to general healthcare visits, our top priority has always been providing patients with safe and effective care. Explore our website or call today to learn how we can help you.