Spring allergy season is in full effect, and If you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. But, how does one tell the difference between spring allergies, and Coronavirus? There are many overlapping symptoms!
AFC Urgent Care Torrington is here to help answer “is it COVID-19 or Spring Allergies?”
What’s the difference between COVID-19 symptoms, and spring allergy symptoms?
Before you start jumping to Coronavirus when someone coughs or sneezes, we first need to rule out allergies. Let’s break down each illness:
Coronavirus: The most common symptoms of the Coronavirus are fever, a dry cough and an obvious shortness of breath. Of course there can be other symptoms but these are the most common. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Allergies: Symptoms include itchy, red watery eyes, runny nose, rapid sneezing clear mucus, and sometimes even asthma symptoms.
*Symptoms and risks vary from person to person.
COVID-19 can really knock you off your feet
Allergies may make you feel tired, but they’re not going to cause severe muscle or joint ache like COVID-19. Unlike allergies that affect the eye and the nose, COVID-19 affects the whole body. It is highly contagious, as we know, but, a nasty case of either of the two may get worse before getting better.
Allergy symptoms on the other hand are regularly occurring, and usually mild. But, they are treatable! This is a huge difference.
Should I get tested for COVID-19 if I have a runny nose?
If you think you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, we suggest you get tested anyway. Connecticut has done a good job so far with increased COVID-19 testing options and regulating the new vaccine. As of mid March, There are still a good number of age groups and about 90% of the population who have not yet been vaccinated.
If you need quick and easy testing, AFC Urgent Care Torrington offers RAPID testing and regular testing on a walk-in basis.
How do you treat spring allergies?
If you’re having spring allergies there are plenty of ways to alleviate and manage symptoms. These can include:
- Limiting pollen exposure to limit spring allergies
- Taking medicine early to relieve spring allergies
- Rinsing your nasal passages regularly
- Spring cleaning for your spring allergies
- Natural remedies for spring allergies like vitamin C
- Showering immediately for allergy relief
- If you’re asthmatic, making sure you are up to date on your medication to prevent asthma attacks
AFC Urgent Care Torrington is your number 1 urgent care center
When it comes to COVID-19 and Spring allergies, AFC Urgent Care Torrington is your #1 local urgent care center. We provide accurate timely health information on our blog and on our website. Our staff is equipped to handle and treat spring allergies and test you for COVID-19 on a walk-in basis with no appointment needed. We’re here for you 7 days a week, 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and also 8am-5pm on the weekends and are located at 1171 East Main street across from Webster Bank.