Are these symptoms seasonal allergies…or COVID-19?

Seasonal allergies are here, and unfortunately so is COVID-19.

Identifying the differences in symptoms is a positive first step towards seeking the right support and keeping that curve flatter.

There are many similarities between the two conditions which is why we wanted to help you identify some key differences to help you easily differentiate between the two.

Courtesy of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology

The first is fever — if you have one it’s not due to allergies. Although some people call seasonal allergies by the common term hay fever, the condition known as allergic rhinitis does not actually cause fever. So, if you have a fever we’d have to look at other causes.

Another consistent complaint with COVID-19 is that it causes muscle aches or digestive issues: this is not the case with seasonal allergies. The digestive symptoms we are referring to include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which are, again, not allergy symptoms.

On the flipside, one of the most frequent and definitive symptoms for people with allergies are itchy, watery eyes and nose: this is not common for COVID-19 infection.

Some of the symptoms that are similar for both can include fatigue, congestion and cough:

In addition, if you have a sudden onset of loss of smell or taste you should immediately consult your doctor, as both symptoms have been associated with allergies as well as COVID-19.

In all cases, should you still be confused or experiencing your symptoms worsen, call your healthcare provider.

In addition, you can also use Cleared’s telemedicine and our team of allergists to help you find the answers you need.

We are always here to help.

-Payel Gupta, MD

Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder, Cleared

TeleAllergy Clinic

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