You know it is spring when flowers and trees bloom, grass and weeds grow, and mold or yellow pollen covers every surface. Along with all that pollen comes the other sign of springtime: allergies. During the pandemic, though, it may be difficult to tell if you or your senior’s symptoms are caused by allergies or Covid-19. Before you or a caregiver rush to the doctor, consider what signs point to one or the other. Here are a few easy ways to tell the difference.
Allergies can affect you any time of year, but spring is a challenging time for people who suffer. The symptoms may be gradual, or they may happen quickly, especially if you or your senior spends time outdoors. These are the key signs that you are dealing with allergies:
• Runny nose
• Itchy eyes
• Scratchy throat
• Dry cough
• Nasal congestion
• Sore throat
• Rashes or itchy skin
Most of these irritating symptoms are not characteristic of a Covid-19 infection. Consider history as well; if you or someone you know experiences allergies year after year, chances are high that you have them yet again. Ask your medical provider about which medications, either over the counter or prescription, are best for allergy side effects.
Signs of Covid-19
The Covid-19 virus shares the same symptoms of cough and sore throat, but may feel more like the flu with moderate to severe symptoms. When determining if it's allergies or possibly Covid-19, here are the core symptoms to keep an eye out for to decide if a test is necessary:
• A fever of 100 degrees or higher
• Body aches
• Loss of smell or taste
• Sore throat
• Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath that occurs about five to ten days after the first signs of fever is an indication that medical assistance is urgently needed. Pay attention to this and other lingering symptoms or if the feeling suddenly worsens. Treatments are available and you should act quickly if you have any concerns.
While it may be difficult to determine if someone is suffering from common seasonal allergies or Covid-19, taking precautions immediately will reduce any risk of spreading infection. If over-the-counter allergy pills are not helping, it would be ideal to get a Covid-19 test as soon as possible.
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How to Tell the Difference Between Allergies and Covid-19