By Sara Narayan, MD, Allergy and Immunology Specialist, and Reviewed By Scott Paparello, DO, and Director of Infectious Disease, Emerson Hospital – A full-service, regional medical center headquartered in historic Concord, Massachusetts. (USA). March 2021.
KEY POINTS TO DETERMINE ALLERGIES OR COVID-19 INFECTION
1) Timeline and personal medical history.
- Often people with allergies have a history of seasonal allergies.
- Allergy symptoms tend to be more long-lasting than viral symptoms.
2) Allergy symptoms often respond to allergy medications. Allergies can cause a cough and / or a headache but not a fever.
3) Allergies typically make people itchy. Itchiness is not a symptom of viral illness.
4) Patients with allergies do not develop a fever. Often people with COVID-19 do.
5) Patients with allergies may also have asthma, which can cause coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and wheezing. COVID-19 typically does not cause wheezing.
ALLERGIES, COLD, FLU, OR COVID-19 CHECKLIST .
Use this handy chart below to identify your symptoms and help determine what health issue you may be suffering from …..
|Shortness of Breath||Sometimes||Sometimes||Sometimes||Yes|
|Loss of Smell and/or Taste||Mild||Rarely||Rarely||Yes|
|Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea||No||Sometimes||Sometimes||Sometimes|
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