With flu season and the winter weather upon us, there is high anxiety over whether your sniffling is fall allergy related or COVID. It is important to be able to spot the difference in symptoms when it comes to allergies versus COVID-19. Your action plan on how to handle your symptoms depends on what you are facing.

While COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share some symptoms, there are a key differences between the two. The following is the list of common symptoms for the two.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose

 

Fall Allergy Symptoms:

  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing*
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose

 

It is important to note that your fall allergies should not cause shortness of breath unless a person has a respiratory condition that is triggered by allergens. An example of this type of respiratory condition is asthma.

 

The following symptoms are what both fall allergies and COVID have in common: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue headache, sore throat, and/or congestion or runny nose. Please note, this is not a complete list of all possible symptoms of COVID-19 or fall allergies. Symptoms vary per person and they can range from mild to severe.

 

 

If you think you may have COVID-19 it is important to follow CDC’s guidance on what to do next. If you are experiencing emergency symptoms (i.e. trouble breathing), please seek immediate emergency medical care. Looking for more information on COVID-19? Please visit the CDC website.

If you need help managing your fall allergies, an allergist at National Allergy & ENT can assist you in creating a treatment plan that works best for you. To schedule an appointment please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.