Seasonal Allergies Getty ImagesWith warmer weather‚ sunny days‚ and greener trees comes spring. But it also brings allergies. Experts say allergies are more common than ever‚ with tens of millions of people suffering in the United States. Allergies are caused when the body recognizes an allergen and releases chemicals in response. The result is a reaction that causes itching‚ redness‚ and watery eyes.
Sometimes it can be hard to determine if you are suffering from seasonal allergies‚ or whether your body is susceptible to contagious viruses like COVID-19 and a cold. (Getty Images) June Yoon is a Long Beach voice actor who has mastered the art of seasonal allergies. When he felt congested recently‚ he quickly used his usual regimen of antihistamines‚ nose sprays‚ and lots of coffee to combat the symptoms. He felt well by the time he got up in the morning. Yoon said that he felt good and ready to go by late morning. Yoon is a father of two young children‚ and his wife is a teacher at middle and elementary school. He says it's very safe. Yoon says that although 99.9% of the time it isn't [COVID-19]‚ there's still a.01 percent chance‚ so I am more careful. He says that I am actually sleeping on the couch to avoid infecting my wife.
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June Yoon * Yujun (@JuneYoon_). Yoon did a COVID-19 quick test at home and it came back negative. However‚ rapid tests may sometimes be negative. Deliver false negatives He also decided to arrange a PCR testing at a nearby drive-through site. This will let me know if it is possible to go back into my bed. He said. Yoon's not the only one; Americans everywhere are fumbling with their heads at spring allergy season‚ which coincides with cold season and the COVID-19 epidemic. Even if you're vaccinated against COVID-19 the consequences can still be severe. CDC says It is still possible to get a vaccine-related breakthrough infection. Knowing what you should look for will help you navigate the confusing Venn Diagram of allergy‚ cold‚ and COVID-19 symptoms.
The spring allergy season is upon us. #COVID19 Some symptoms of seasonal allergies are similar‚ while others may not be. This chart will help you to distinguish between seasonal allergies caused by COVID-19.
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It can be difficult to distinguish between allergies‚ colds and COVID-19 because there are many symptoms that they share. A runny or stuffy nasal is the most common symptom‚ Melanie Carver chief mission officer at The. Asthma and allergy foundation of america tells Yahoo Life. However‚ that is not all. Postnasal drip can also cause a sore throat. While a cough is more common with COVID-19 and a cold than it is with a sore throat‚ it can occur when the allergen-irritated ear has become inflamed. Even fatigue can be caused by COVID-19. While you are evaluating your symptoms‚ it may be a good idea to put on a mask to ensure that you don't have any contagious diseases.
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Seasonal allergies can manifest as itchy eyes or a swollen nose. (Getty Images) Itchiness is the most obvious sign that you may have seasonal allergies. Itchiness. Carver states that itchy eyes and a dry nose are common symptoms of seasonal allergies. However‚ they're rarely associated with COVID-19 or a cold. If you have had seasonal allergies before‚ it's a good indicator that they are likely to return. You've likely had allergies before. Dr. Mark Corbett is the president of The Corbett Clinic. American College of Allergy‚ Asthma and Immunology Yahoo Life is informed by. It's much more probable that you will get allergies if you keep doing the same things every year. Carver notes‚ too that while cold symptoms appear gradually and occur at the same time as seasonal allergies symptoms. While colds and COVID-19 can be difficult to manage‚ there are easy over-the-counter remedies that can help you to relieve your allergy symptoms. Corbett suggests a nasal spray with antihistamines and an oral antihistamine to get you through the spring.
To determine whether you have a common cold‚ it may be necessary to go through the elimination process. (Getty Images) Corbett states that if you have a cold‚ it's more common to feel a bit warmer. There may be some symptoms such as chills and aches‚ which you should not have when suffering from allergies. The common cold will usually last for a few days while allergies can drag on. However‚ colds are generally not a cause for concern so you can trust the natural process of elimination. There are no symptoms that indicate COVID-19‚ such as nausea‚ vomiting‚ diarrhea‚ or headaches. Also‚ colds are not associated with itching -- which is a sign of seasonal allergies. A cold may also share the milder symptoms that COVID-19 can cause‚ such as a sore throat‚ cough and runny nose. It is best to get checked. The common cold doesn't have a laboratory test‚ however you can get a rapid or PCR test to remove COVID-19 from your list.
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The best way to find out if you are infected with COVID-19 virus is to have it tested. (Getty Images) COVID-19 has been a constant companion for two years‚ so experts have come to terms with its unique symptoms. A classic sign of COVID-19 is sudden loss of taste or smell‚ especially if your nose doesn't have runny eyes or congestion. COVID-19 can also be accompanied by persistent fevers‚ but allergy symptoms don't include fevers. A cold-related fever tends to last for a short time‚ if at all. Even if you don't have asthma‚ difficulty breathing can also be a symptom of COVID-19. Carver states that allergies or colds can cause asthma in people who have it. This causes shortness of breathing. COVID-19 alone is not associated with shortness in breath. It's a good sign if you feel ill or have been around someone suffering from COVID-19. It doesn't matter if you feel the symptoms‚ but if you suspect you may have COVID-19‚ you should get tested. This will give you peace of mind as well as protect your family. You can find out more at www.covid-19.org. Cdc recommends if you experience symptoms or more than five days following an exposure to COVID-19-infected persons‚ get tested. You can get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or at least five days after a known exposure to someone with COVID-19. CDC says If you have COVID-19 and are positive‚ it is important that you wear a mask 10 days per day whenever you're around other people‚ regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not.
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Are you suffering from a cold? COVID-19 allergies or spring allergy symptoms? Experts weigh-in. Its allergies when... Youre experiencing itchiness. You may experience itchy eyes or a dry nose. These are common symptoms of seasonal allergies‚ and they're rarely associated with COVID-19. Its COVID-19 when… The classic sign of COVID-19 is sudden loss of taste or smell‚ especially if your nose doesn't get congested or runny. COVID-19 can also be accompanied by persistent fevers‚ but allergy symptoms don't include fever. Its a cold when… Short-term fever. Symptoms of COVID-19 include nausea‚ vomiting‚ diarrhea‚ headaches and other symptoms such as fatigue. Also‚ colds are not associated with itching -- which is a sign of seasonal allergies. Corbett states that everyone should keep some test results at home. If you have any questions‚ Corbett suggests checking it. There is really nothing you can do about symptoms. June Yoon is a Long Beach voice actor and intends to continue testing while suffering from allergy symptoms. He says that protecting my family and my friends is more important than any personal irritation. Since the advent of testing‚ Yoon takes this precaution very seriously. Yoon talks about his career as a voice actor and how being diagnosed with COVID would affect my health and make it difficult for me to do business. It's definitely a motivator to continue testing my abilities. Yoon said that even though the PCR results came back negative‚ he still plans to continue getting his allergy tests at a drive-thru testing center every other week as long as he experiences symptoms. Yoon states that Yoon no longer needs to be isolated from his family. Once I had confirmed that I was positive‚ I triumphantly went back to bed and I've been happily snoring with Yoon‚ my wife. My wife's feelings about my return are not my business. Read more from Yahoo Life: