Lexington allergist describes the differences between COVID-19 and allergy symptoms


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – When it comes to the pandemic, we’re not out of the woods yet, and with the delta variant increasing in Kentucky, it’s important to note when you have symptoms of COVID or allergies . The most important way to distinguish between the two are the symptoms.

“If a person has fever, chills, you won’t see fever in allergies, so it’s definitely more of a concern for infection,” said Dr Rajiv Arora. “Obviously, COVID is at the top of the list of possibilities. Other things like muscle pain, body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, these will be of more concern for COVID. “

July through the end of August is actually the best time for allergy sufferers, as most frequent pollinators are calm, making it easier to distinguish if you have COVID.

“Because obviously the pollen in Kentucky is a big deal right now, there’s not really any pollen, we’re sort of between seasons and so we expect to see pollen from the bad ones. herbs start in mid-August, ”said Dr. Arora said. “So if you are allergic but have symptoms now and you watch and there is not a lot of pollen you need to think more about COVID.”

If you suspect you have COVID-19 due to allergies, it’s important to know your options.

“And that actually brings up a good point, if you’re not sure, get tested,” Dr. Arora said.

Doctors say the best way to keep yourself from coming in contact with the virus is to get a vaccine, and if you’re worried your symptoms are more than allergies, get tested to be sure.

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