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Seasonal Allergies or COVID-19?

Allergies or COVID?From our Health Services Department

This time of year it is easy to confuse symptoms of seasonal allergies with COVID-19. The list below compares symptoms that may overlap with COVID and seasonal allergies.

Symptom Check: Seasonal Allergies or COVID-19?

  • Cough: COVID-19 usually, Allergies sometimes
  • Fever: COVID-19 usualy, Allergies never
  • Muscle aches: COVID-19 usually, Allergies never
  • Tiredness: COVID-19 usually, Allergies sometimes
  • Itchy nose, keyes, mouth, or inner ear: COVID-19 never, Allergies usually
  • Sneezing: COVID-19 rarely, Allergies usually
  • Sore throat: COVID-19 usually, Allergies rarely
  • Runny or stuffy nose: COVID-19 usually, Allergies usually
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis): COVID-19 sometimes, Allergies sometimes
  • Nausea or vomiting: COVID-19 sometimes, Allergies never
  • Diarrhea: COVID-19 sometimes, Allergies never
  • New loss of taste or smell: COVID-19 usually (early-often without a runny or stuffy nose,) Allergies sometimes

Also, while COVID-19 can cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, seasonal allergies don't usually cause these symptoms unless you have a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by pollen exposure.

Treatment of seasonal allergies may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants, and avoidance of exposure to allergens where possible. Seasonal allergies may last several weeks.