How do you tell the difference between allergies and COVID-19?


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Is it allergies or COVID-19?

Seasonal allergy season coinciding with the COVID-19 illness could confuse some patients.

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Check ups before you check in are becoming the new normal as COVID-19 worsens and allergy season peaks.

“We’re seeing patients that have asthma and allergies that are coming in with cough, shortness of breath, some with asthma,” said Dr. Marc Cromie, Chattanooga Allergy Clinc. “So that is getting a little tricky and distinguishing what they have.”

Dr. Cromie told News 12 that springtime allergies typically do not cause fevers as COVID-19 does.

“Typically with COVID you’re going to have fever, body aches, you’re going to feel like you have the flu if not worse. In most patients, some people have mild symptoms,” he said.

Secondly, allergy symptoms may go away with medication, but COVID-19 symptoms may stay in a viral infection.

“Despite the COVID, the pollen is going to be out and it’s going to be peaking and it’s going to get bad,” Cromie said. “Typically, say if you can think around Masters week, but we don’t have Masters this year. April, first week of April going to spring break, that we’re not having either. Our pollen count should be really high, so these patients are going to be at home, out of school, and trying to get outside, so we’re going to have increased symptoms there.”

If you are confused or concerned, Dr. Cromie says it’s best to call your doctor and make sure to self-quarantine yourself.