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How do the symptoms
of COVID-19 differ from the symptoms of fall allergies?
In both cases the lungs and throat
might be affected, but with a viral illness there is fever—and that’s not
present with allergies. Allergies to pollen and grasses cause sneezing and
itchiness in the eyes, nose and throat, but you would not see those symptoms
from the novel coronavirus. Cough is a common symptom of COVID-19, which can
also be present in some patients with allergies.
Here’s another difference: With
seasonal allergies, the symptoms tend to wax and wane and get worse when you
are outside. With a viral infection, there’s typically a steady worsening.
Do the symptoms of
allergies and COVID-19 express themselves differently in children than in
Kids with allergies tend to be
restless, while with adults who have allergies, there’s more fatigue. We’re
still learning about the differences between how grownups and kids experience
COVID-19, though in general children seem to have less severe symptoms. If a
child is lethargic and feverish and has a persistent cough, in the absence of
itchy eyes and a runny nose, then you should call the pediatrician.
Are people with
allergies more susceptible to coronavirus than others are?
At this point, we do not know, but
allergists around the country have noticed no increase susceptibility. While
people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe COVID-19,
people with allergies don’t have a compromised immune system; their allergies
are actually an overreaction of the immune system.
Do patients with allergies need to
adjust their treatment in light of coronavirus?
Just be steady with medications
A lot of people are using this time of social distancing
to spring clean. Any tips for those with fall allergies?
If your allergy is due to pollen, being
inside may be helpful, and if spring cleaning makes you feel better, that’s a
benefit. Do keep in mind that cleaning can kick up a lot of dust, so if the
issue is indoor allergens, get some clarification from your doctor
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