Do You Know The Difference Between Having COVID-19 Or Allergies
This is definitely the worst time of the year to have allergies, and be an asthmatic especially while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now that the weather is changing and Spring has officially arrived I have a very difficult time with people as I sneeze or cough and have folks trying to decipher if I have COVID-19 or allergies.
For clarity allergy symptoms are the following:
- Sneezing and a itchy, runny or blocked nose
- Itchy, red, or watery eyes
- Wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and a cough
- Swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face
Even dealing with those symptoms is can be very nerve wrecking not to mention forecasters are saying it could be a very bad allergy season for parts of the U.S. and as the virus continues to rise it causes me and others who suffer from allergies to go into a panic.
However, to determine the difference between allergies and COVID-19 Dr. Howland says ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a fever?
- Do you have shortness of breath?
Most individuals with allergies are not having a fever and it's not difficult to breathe unless they have asthma.
If you are having COVID-19 issues don't go to the hospital, but call your doctor and ask first.