COVID-19 and Winter Allergies

COVID-19 and Winter Allergies

Winter is coming!

The change in season also comes with another layer of worry especially if you’re prone to seasonal allergies. Are these symptoms related to winter allergy or COVID-19?

With some symptoms similar to COVID, it can get tricky to tell the difference between the two. However, you should remember that allergy symptoms happen because of inflammation. It’s the body’s overreacting response to things like mold or pollen.

Common Allergy Symptoms
If you’re suffering from a winter allergy, you may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:

  • Itchy and/or watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Dry cough

COVID-19 Symptoms
Many patients affected by COVID-19 usually manifest the following:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Pinkeye

Is it possible to have allergies AND COVID-19?
Yes, it is possible to have allergies and a viral infection like COVID-19. If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms and fatigue, it’s important to call a doctor immediately.

Treating your allergies in the midst of the pandemic
Going to a clinic for allergy treatment can be tricky during a pandemic. One of the best things you can do is stay away from the possible causes of your allergies. You may also want to try over-the-counter allergy medicines (or you can order them online).

If you need more potent drugs, you can call your doctor and have him prescribed them over the phone. There are pharmacies that have pick up or home delivery options.

Unsure if it’s winter allergy or COVID? Our specialists at Greater Knoxville ENT can help. To request an appointment, you may call us at (865) 244-4396. We continually follow the CDC guidelines in providing a safe environment for both our patients and staff. We screen patients prior to their appointment and limit patients for social distancing.

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