COVID or Allergies? Get the Help You Need Today

Those of us who are prone to allergies are probably already dreading this time of year as the pollen counts skyrocket here in the Triad. If you or a loved one suddenly develop some congestion, runny nose, or other symptoms you might be concerned about COVID-19. 

Learn which symptoms can overlap seasonal allergies and COVID-19 infections, and do not wait to consult with your doctor. LeBauer HealthCare offers video visits and consultations, at all of our locations in Greensboro, High Point, Burlington, and more to help you get the testing or treatment you need. 

Allergy Symptoms and COVID-19 Symptoms

Before we outline some of the most common symptoms for seasonal allergies and COVID-19 infections, it is important to underscore the fact that these are general guidelines. Every person’s symptoms and experience can vary widely. 

A COVID-19 test is the most reliable way to make a confident diagnosis but there are many things a qualified doctor can tell a symptomatic patient before a test. That is one of the reasons we recommend getting in touch with your primary care doctor as soon as you or someone in your care develop any of the symptoms listed below. 

Likely Allergies

If one or both of these are your only symptoms, you are most likely suffering from seasonal allergies:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy/watery eyes

Possible COVID-19 Infection

Developing any or all of the following symptoms could mean you’re infected with COVID-19:

  • Chills and/or a fever
  • Sudden loss of taste or smell
  • Body/muscle aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting/nausea

Shared Symptoms

The following are all symptoms that could point to seasonal allergies, COVID-19, or the possibility of having both a viral (COVID) infection AND allergy symptoms:

  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

What You Should Do If You Have Symptoms

If you have a history of seasonal allergies, you may know many of the likely symptoms you can develop this time of year. Even still, treating allergies can be difficult or even need to evolve over time. Review our helpful guide to treating seasonal allergies but do not take symptoms lightly. 

It is important to treat your allergy symptoms early and consistently with options like nasal steroids and antihistamines. That effort can help avoid confusion over new or worsening symptoms. If you can reduce the inflammation in your nasal mucosa it will lessen the risk of getting sick if you happen to come into contact with one.

Given the risks, the best thing to do, especially if you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms common to COVID-19 patients or the overlapping symptoms we have listed, is to consult with a doctor today. Medical professionals in our area can offer you or your family a range of consultation and treatment options. LeBauer HealthCare doctors offer same-day or next-day video visits, and they can help you determine if your symptoms indicate the need for a COVID test. 

To schedule a visit now, or discuss virtual and in-person visit options, call your primary care location today. For less urgent visits, you can request an appointment online. Existing LeBauer patients can schedule an appointment online now through MyChart.

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