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In today’s world, with every sneeze, cough or tickle in the throat, many people wonder: Do I have COVID-19? For the millions of allergy suffers around the country, this question becomes a little more complex — allergies or COVID-19, or perhaps something else? The following information may help you tell if you are suffering from allergies or if you should get tested for COVID-19.
Allergy symptoms range from mild to severe and can occur seasonally or be present year-long. In patients with asthma, allergies can cause a cough, wheeze, and shortness of breath. Allergies are caused by your immune system overreacting to normal things in your environment — such as pollen, dust, mold, pet dander. Medications can typically treat your symptoms and allergy immunotherapy — allergy shots — can often help patients find long-term relief.
COMMON ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a viral illness spread through droplets via coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact. Symptoms typically start between 2-14 days after exposure and will typically resolve within ~14 days after onset, whether the symptoms are mild, moderate or severe.
COMMON COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
KEY POINTS TO DETERMINE ALLERGIES OR COVID-19 INFECTION1) Timeline and past history…
2) Allergy symptoms often respond to allergy medications.3) Allergies typically make people itchy. Itchiness is not a symptom of viral illness.4) Patients with allergies do not develop a fever. Often people with COVID-19 do.5) Patients with allergies may also have asthma, which can cause coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and/or wheezing. COVID-19 typically does not cause wheezing.
ALLERGIES OR COVID-19 CHECKLIST
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
LOSS OF SMELL
NAUSEA, VOMITING, DIARRHEA
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