With the latest uptick in COVID-19 cases, everyone is on guard for sniffling and sneezing. This can be difficult with fall around the corner. Hay fever and fall allergies are once again becoming an issue. It can be difficult to tell symptoms apart if you are not familiar with the differences between COVID-19 and fall allergies. It is important to be aware of the differences between fall allergies and COVID-19 so that you are able to treat your symptoms correctly.

Hay Fever ONLY Symptoms:

  • Itching in the nose, throat, eyes, and/or roof of the mouth
  • Watery eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Sneezing

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, symptoms tend to flare in the spring and fall. This is due to the pollinating trees, grasses, and weeds during these seasons.

COVID-19 ONLY Symptoms:

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

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is imperative to receive a COVID-19 test and visit with a provider to help you with treatment necessary for your condition. Do not seek treatments without consulting with a provider. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

Symptoms Common with Hay Fever and COVID-19

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

When experiencing these symptoms, pay attention to other symptoms that might be specific to hay fever or COVID-19. This will help you distinguish what is causing these symptoms.

Treatment for Hay Fever

When you have identified that hay fever is the cause for your symptoms, your treatment options will depend on what works best for you. Many have turned to immunotherapy as a treatment approach, while others take daily medication. These medications can include antihistamines, nasal corticosteroid sprays, and more. If you need help treating your hay fever, a Board-Certified Allergist at National Allergy & ENT can help. To schedule an appointment, you can call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.