COVID-19 vs. Allergies: How to Tell the Difference

COVID-19 vs. Allergies: How to Tell the Difference

COVID-19 vs. Allergies: How to Tell the Difference

Welcome to 2020, where a once-innocent scratchy throat, cough, or stuffy nose is now a source of serious anxiety. As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, many people with seasonal allergies are concerned that their symptoms are actually signs of COVID-19. Only a clinical lab test can definitively rule out COVID-19, but there are a few key differences between the symptoms of these conditions that can provide some insight.

The Similarities

First, let’s review the similarities of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies according to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Either condition may cause:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath (allergies typically only cause shortness of breath in people who have asthma)

The Differences

Some signs of COVID-19 are rarely associated with allergies. A COVID-19 infection is more likely to blame for your symptoms if they include:

  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Fever and chills
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

On the other hand, it’s more likely that you have allergies if your symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Watery or itchy eyes

Don’t play the guessing game if you’re concerned about COVID-19. While this information may help put your mind at ease, it’s important to get tested if you have any doubts or questions about your symptoms.

Find Answers at Affinity Urgent Care

Affinity Urgent Care’s fully equipped locations in La Marque, Alvin, and Galveston, Texas, provide rapid COVID-19 testing to patients. If you would like to receive a test, give us a call today to schedule an appointment. COVID-19 testing is covered by most insurances, and our friendly professionals are here to answer any questions you may have.

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