COVID-19 or Allergies: Which One is Causing Your Sneezing and Coughing?

COVID-19 or Allergies: Which One is Causing Your Sneezing and Coughing?

Do you know that pesky mix of itchy, watery eyes, a scratchy throat, and a runny nose? Oh, and let's not forget the awful pressure behind your face and the constant need for tissues.

Yep, that's right, we're talking about fall allergies. And with the continued worry of COVID-19, it's natural to wonder if your symptoms are caused by allergies or something more serious.

But fear not, my friends. With a little knowledge and proactivity, you can conquer this unusual fall allergy season. So grab a cup of tea and let's dig into how you can manage those seasonal allergies, whether it's from ragweed, mold, or other sneaky allergens.

Are you experiencing fall allergies and wondering how they compare to COVID-19 symptoms? While some symptoms may overlap, like cough and stuffy nose, there are a few distinct features that set the two conditions apart.

The most notable difference is the presence of a fever. While a fever is a common symptom of COVID-19, it is not associated with allergies. Plus, while a sore throat is frequently reported with COVID-19, it is not typically a symptom of allergies.

As if that wasn't enough, COVID-19 can also bring about unpleasant digestive issues like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, while allergies usually spare you from such discomfort.

But perhaps the most crucial distinction is how they spread. While COVID-19 can be passed from person to person, the Mayo Clinic clearly states that allergies are not contagious. So, if you're worried about catching something from your sneezing friend, rest assured that if you are safe

Don't let those seasonal allergies get you down - a recent study from the National Institutes of Health reveals that they won't increase or decrease your chances of catching COVID-19.

While the same study did find that people with food allergies have a 50% lower risk of infection, the reasons for this are still unclear. And here's the good news - having seasonal allergies won't make you more susceptible to severe COVID-19 symptoms either.

However, according to the Mayo Clinic, COVID-19 targets the lungs. So, you're more likely to develop severe symptoms if you already have various chronic lung problems, including:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Lung cancer
Cystic fibrosis
Pulmonary fibrosis
Moderate to severe asthma
Pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary embolism

Sick with COVID or any other illness? Stay home and take care of yourself. But don't hesitate to contact a primary care physician if your symptoms are mild - they can advise you on treatment options.

Just remember, if your symptoms become severe or if you fall into a high-risk category due to age or preexisting conditions, it's crucial to know when to seek emergency medical assistance by either visiting the emergency department or calling 911. Don't let COVID catch you off guard - stay informed and stay healthy.