Allergies or Coronavirus? How to Tell the Difference Between Seasonal Allergies & COVID-19 Symptoms by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

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Allergies or Coronavirus? How to Tell the Difference Between Seasonal Allergies & COVID-19 Symptoms

Allergies are in full bloom. While coughing and the sniffles are nothing new to people who suffer perennially, the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) has many people second-guessing their allergy symptoms and wondering if they’re really coming down with COVID-19. While there is overlap, here are some ways to tell the difference: 

  • Shortness of breath is a red flag. Allergies can cause some shortness of breath, but if it’s severe or unlike symptoms you usually experience, talk to a health-care provider.
  • Follow your instincts. Allergies can make you feel lousy, but they don’t cause aches, pains, fatigue and exhaustion, which are associated with the flu and coronavirus. 

Warmer weather has brought an earlier spring, and with that, intense allergy symptoms that are compounding coronavirus confusion and anxiety. Before you hit the panic button, understand the differences, and when in doubt, call your health-care provider for guidance.

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Cassiday
Such a timely tip, thank you. 🤒
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
My allergies have been pretty flared up lately, which is cause for concern given the pandemic. Very confusing to tell what is what. Thanks for these helpful tips, Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP ! Stay well!

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