Spring is here and all the beautiful flowering trees and plants are in bloom, right smack in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are wondering whether their symptoms are allergic, which can be miserable, or those of the coronavirus, which can quickly become quite serious. In some cases, the symptoms are similar. Adding to the confusion can be symptoms from dust, mold and pet allergens which may be more of a problem for people spending much more time in their homes due to quarantine or because they’re following government health recommendations for coronavirus contamination mitigation.
Here’s where the two conditions differ: Generally, pollen allergens cause itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and can worsen asthma symptoms. The current coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, sore throat, eye discharge and loss of smell – though not everyone experiences all of these symptoms.
However, there may be an overlap of symptoms. For example, both allergies and the coronavirus can cause a cough but the origin of this is from a different part of the body. The cough from Coronavirus originates in the lungs; an allergic cough typically results from post-nasal drip irritating the throat.
As we practice social distancing, Dr. Berlin is now available for telemedicine visits. Please call 856.262.9200 if you’d like to schedule a telemedicine appointment.