Allergy symptoms can resemble those of the coronovirus – Here’s what you should know

As parents, we’ve been closely examining every sniffle, every cough, and checking temperatures daily. As if that hasn’t been stressful enough, we are heading into allergy seasons.

It’s the time of year that seasonal allergies are on the rise. And this year is likely to cause even more anxiety as parents work to tell the difference between innocent allergy symptoms and concerning COVID-19 symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Coronavirus is spread through coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact. Viral illnesses typically cause things such as the sudden onset of fever, aches, pains, coughs, extreme fatigue, decreased eating, vomiting, and diarrhea. Specifically, with COVID-19, you should immediately seek medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

According to the CDC, typical allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Irritation of the nose, mouth, or throat
  • Nasal stuffiness and runny nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes

Family Allergy indicates Allergies are caused by a response in the immune system and are not contagious. Medications can treat your symptoms, and immunotherapy can help those with allergies find relief.

 

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