Spring Allergies or COVID: How to Tell the Difference
As we reach the first anniversary of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, we’re back in the same position we were in 2020. Are the symptoms you’re experiencing due to the allergies you get in the spring, or are they something more sinister?
When you experience a spring allergy attack, you’ll get acute symptoms that include itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and more. Some people experience headaches, sinus infections, and trouble breathing.
It’s the last symptom that tends to be the scariest. Since COVID-19 can also cause problems with your airways, here’s the list of symptoms from the coronavirus that you would experience outside of the ones similar to allergies.
What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
People experience the symptoms of COVID-19 anywhere from two days to two weeks after exposure to the virus. If you experience any symptoms, they will fall into these generalized categories.
- Sore throat
- Congestion, including a runny nose
- Fever or chills
- Coughing that doesn’t improve
- Intense fatigue
- Muscle aches or unexplained body pain
- New loss of smell or taste
- Nausea or vomiting
Most people experience the symptoms of COVID-19 without requiring any significant medical care. It is not unusual to have minor or no side effects with the viral infection.
When to Visit the Hospital for COVID
If you or someone you know shows any of the following signs, you’ll want to seek care at your nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
- New mental confusion
- Constant or persistent pain and pressure in the chest
- Trouble breathing
- Inability to stay awake or wake up
- Bluish tinting in the face and lips
You should also contact your local medical provider for any other symptoms not listed here that could be severe or concerning.
If you get seasonal allergies, you know what physical symptoms to expect. When they are worse or check the issues listed here, it’s time to visit the doctor.