Doctor Shares Advice for Telling the Difference Between Spring Allergies and Coronavirus

CBS New York

Many people look forward to springtime. The weather gets warmer, the flowers start to bloom, and summer vacations aren’t far away.

For other people, those flowers are not something to look forward to. While they might be pretty, they also signal a start of allergy season.

Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies knows what to expect. Common symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, a runny nose, coughing and a sore throat. Allergy sufferers may not have all of these symptoms, but the symptoms are still annoying. Thankfully, there are over-the-counter medicines that can help relieve these symptoms.

This year, things are a little more complicated. Allergies aren’t just annoying; they may cause people to panic. While allergy sufferers may know what to expect from seasonal allergies, they may have trouble knowing whether that cough is actually caused by allergies or the novel coronavirus.

Talk about stressful! The last thing we need is to worry every time we inhale pollen.

While there is definitely overlap between coronavirus symptoms and allergy symptoms, there are also some important differences. Dr. Max Gomez is here to help us tell them apart. Watch the video below to learn how to tell the difference between allergies and COVID-19.

Hopefully this information offers some relief for anyone who is worried that their seasonal allergies may actually be something more. If you’re still not sure what your symptoms mean or if you’re concerned that you have allergies and COVID-19, it’s a good idea to call your doctor and seek professional medical advice.

Even if your symptoms are from allergies, please consider wearing a face mask when you leave your home. Nobody wants someone coughing at the grocery store or pharmacy. After all, we should all practice social distancing and only go grocery shopping when necessary.

Just in case you ever do experience symptoms of COVID-19, it can be a good idea to have an emergency kit on hand. You can learn what items you should keep in a COVID-19 emergency kit here.

Stay safe out there, and stay home as much as possible. We will get through this, and we will continue to keep you updated on any helpful tips during this difficult and highly unusual time.

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Have you ever wondered if your allergy symptoms were actually symptoms of COVID-19?Did you find Dr. Gomez’s advice helpful?