spotting the differences between allergies and covid-19

May 3, 2021

Allergies and COVID-19 share several symptoms. That can be frightening, but learning to differentiate the two will help you know when it’s time to seek medical treatment.

Allergy Symptoms and Treatment

Your immune system releases histamines when allergens like pollen and mold enter your body. That process can trigger these symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Itchy ears and throat
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Ear congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Headaches

Treatment may include:

  • Flushing your sinuses with a saline solution
  • Washing your face and hands to clear away allergens
  • Reducing your exposure to allergens
  • Over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal sprays or eye drops

Consult your physician for recommendations.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Vaccination

Like seasonal allergies, COVID-19 affects your respiratory system. Coronavirus symptoms develop two to 14 days after exposure and include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or sinus drainage
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

While there is currently no cure for COVID-19, you can still get vaccinated against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the latest information on available vaccines and other resources. You can also search for vaccine locations near you.

The staff at Embassy Healthcare are committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Call 888-975-1379 or contact us online to learn more about our dedicated COVID-19 unit.