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How to tell if you have allergies or COVID-19

July 23, 2020

With allergy season in full swing, you might wonder if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and not simply seasonal allergies. Sure signs of allergy are watery, itchy eyes, an itchy nose, and itchy skin.

“For the most part, those who already suffer from allergies should know whether or not they are experiencing typical seasonal allergy symptoms. They will have a stuffy nose that disappears and returns, and that gets better on allergy medications and they are not ‘ill.’” said Dr. Arnando Paez, chief of Infectious Diseases at Baystate Medical Center.

COVID-19 vs. Allergy Symptom Comparison

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COVID V Allergies

Allergy Symptoms

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, an allergy is a chronic condition involving an abnormal reaction to an ordinarily harmless substance called an allergen. Substances such as dust mites, tree weed, grass pollen and more are allergens.

Symptoms of seasonal allergies include:

  • Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, or eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Tearing eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes.

COVID-19 Symptoms

While many symptoms have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

Learn more about what to do if you're sick. Check with your primary care provider if you are unsure about what is causing your symptoms.

Do you have symptoms?

The CDC's self-checker can help determine your COVID-19 risk.

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