It is the season for sneezing, coughing, and wheezing for those who suffer from Spring allergies. And with every symptom, there’s an underlying thought that it could be COVID-19. Here are some tips explaining Spring allergies versus COVID-19 symptoms to help you avoid unnecessary worries.
Allergies are caused by the immune system overreacting to everyday things in the environment, such as pollen, dust, mold, pet dander, and are not contagious. If you are allergic to pollen, your symptoms range from mild to severe and can occur throughout spring and summer. Medications can typically treat symptoms, and allergy shots can help patients find long-term relief. Common allergy symptoms are:
- Itchy nose or ears
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Mild fatigue
- Post-nasal drip
- Mild sore throat
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread through droplets via coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Symptoms normally start between 2-14 days after exposure and usually resolve within 14 days after onset, regardless of whether symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe. (Please note that even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you can get the illness. If you have been vaccinated and still test positive for COVID-19, your symptoms should be milder.) Common COVID-19 symptoms are:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Intense fatigue, body aches
- Loss of taste and smell
- Diarrhea and vomiting (not as common)
You Know Your Body
If you are a routine allergy sufferer and feel you have NOT been exposed to COVID-19, take your regular allergy medication. If your medicine does not relieve symptoms, please see your physician or stop by for an urgent care visit. A quick evaluation can help determine if you have allergies, a sinus infection OR if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
NOTE: People over the age of 65 and/or who have underlying health issues need to take even mild symptoms seriously. Consult your physician right away, even if you have had a vaccine.
We Can Help
There is no need to worry. Stop by Braselton Urgent Care, and we’ll help you determine how you should treat your symptoms. We can test for COVID-19 onsite and get same-day results from the lab (if you are tested by 12:30 p.m.).