Is it allergies or COVID? This is a question many people are asking themselves as spring allergy season gets into full gear. Though some key symptoms are the same, it is possible to differentiate between seasonal allergies and the coronavirus. Here’s what you should know.
What Are Seasonal Allergies?
Seasonal allergies aren’t caused by a virus like COVID-19. Instead, it’s the result of your body’s reaction to allergens floating in the air. Pollen, mold spores, and dust mites are the most common culprits.
When seasonal allergies hit, you can expect to experience these symptoms:
- Itchy nose, eyes, and mouth
- Runny nose
- Ear congestion
- Postnasal drainage
The combination of these symptoms may cause a slight loss of taste or smell, but only temporarily. Over-the-counter antihistamines and avoidance of exposure to allergens can reduce allergy symptoms quickly. This is the easiest way to separate allergies from COVID-19.
How To Identify COVID-19
If you’re concerned you have the coronavirus, it’s important to identify your symptoms and eliminate other possible causes such as allergies or the common cold.
These COVID-19 symptoms are known to appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Shortness of breath
- Intense fatigue
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
If you start to experience COVID-19 symptoms, make sure you contact AFC Urgent Care to get a COVID-19 test and seek guidance on quarantine measures and treatments. We know so much more about the coronavirus now than we did early in the pandemic, so the experts at AFC Urgent Care are here to help you recover as quickly as possible.