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Coronavirus or Allergies?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, many American’s find it difficult to receive proper testing for the virus.

If you find yourself in this scenario, you may experience symptoms that are similar to the coronavirus, leaving you unsure about the status of your health.


Related: COVID-19 Testing Center


As we enter into the peak allergy season it is critical to know the difference between symptoms of the coronavirus versus your average seasonal allergies.

Below, we’ll start by taking a look at the difference between allergies and coronavirus.

Coronavirus Vs Allergies | Symptom Table

Read on to get get a more in depth look at allergy symptoms compared to COVID-19 symptoms including when and how to seek treatment.

Symptoms of allergies

Seasonal allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to an external allergen, such as pollen. An allergen can trigger an allergic response resulting in any number of the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Itchy sinuses
  • Itchy throat
  • Itchy ear canals
  • Ear congestion
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing

Many people with seasonal allergies also have asthma. If you have asthma, seasonal allergies may trigger an asthma attack. 


Read: Best Asthma Inhalers


Spring and summer are typically the time of year when seasonal allergies are strongest.

As pollen collects and falls from blooming plants, it can spread in the air and be inhaled into your respiratory system. In the summer particularly, certain grasses such as ryegrass and timothy grass are common triggers for people with allergies.

Get Allergy Treatment Online

Due to the circumstances of COVID-19, millions of American’s are under stay-at-home orders.

If you need a diagnosis for seasonal allergies, click here to make an online appointment with one of our trusted PlushCare doctors.

If you have pre-existing seasonal allergies and need a prescription filled or a new diagnosis, our doctors can help with that too.

After an online consultation our health professionals will send the treatment you need to your nearest pharmacy.

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, below are some of the symptoms and how they compare to seasonal allergies.


Related: Allergy Treatment Online


COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of coronavirus according the CDC include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Seek emergency medical treatment immediately if the following symptoms are present:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

You may be wondering how long after exposure to the virus before symptoms begin to show.

According to the CDC, symptoms of the coronavirus may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

However, many patients who have tested positive with the coronavirus show no symptoms at all throughout the entire duration of their sickness. For that reason, social distancing is important even if you do not feel any of the symptoms described above.


Read: How Long After Exposure Do You Get Coronavirus?


If you were recently in a place that you believe exposed you to the coronavirus, you may be asking yourself, what are the first symptoms of the coronavirus disease?

Unfortunately, there is not one clear cut answer as symptoms vary greatly from person to person.

The average incubation period before symptoms show is 5-6 days. Below are the prevalence of each specific symptom ranked according to 2020 research.

  • Fatigue: 68.3%
  • Smell and taste disturbance: 64.4%
  • Dry cough: 60.4%
  • Fever: 55.5%
  • Muscle pain: 44.6%
  • Headache: 42.6%
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing: 41.1%
  • Sore throat: 31.2%

Get Coronavirus Treatment Online

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, seek immediate consultation from a medical professional via phone or online appointment.

With PlushCare’s online services, you can speak to a doctor from the safety of your own home via your phone or computer.


It’s simple, just click here to schedule an online appointment for your coronavirus, allergy, or general medical needs.


Our doctors can write you the required note you need to receive testing at certain coronavirus facilities. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms, don’t wait, get treatment now.


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References

familyallergy.com. Allergy Symptoms VS COVID-19 Symptoms. Accessed on May 15, 2020. https://www.familyallergy.com/general/allergy-symptoms-vs-covid-19-symptoms/

healthline.com. Seasonal Allergies: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment. Accessed on May 15, 2020. https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/seasonal-allergies

medicalnewstoday.com. What are the early symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)? Accessed on May 15, 2020. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/coronavirus-early-symptoms

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