COVID or Allergies? Know the difference this summer.
May 27, 2020
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As we move from late spring to early summer, those who suffer from allergies can be affected by outdoor irritants. Many people are even more concerned about their symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Symptoms vs. Allergies
One of the most frequent questions people have is how to tell if a symptom is related to allergies or something more. The most common symptom that separates COVID-19 (and other flu strains) from allergies is fever. Fever can occur within 2-14 days of exposure.
COVID-19 Symptoms To Watch For:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
- Feeling tired and weak
Common Allergy Symptoms
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Watery and itchy eyes
- Itchy throat or ear canals
- Postnasal drip
For those with asthma, it is important to take extra precautions when any respiratory illness is spreading. Both allergy and COVID-19 symptoms can make your asthma worse, so it is important to keep taking your asthma control medicine and be aware of your symptoms.
Concerned About Getting Care?
Crucial Care has safety protocols in place for those who want or need to be seen now. We also provide on-site testing with most results back in 24-72 hours. For those at risk, we also have options to provide virtual care as needed.