Coronavirus and Seasonal Allergies: Symptoms and Differences

April 22, 2020, 13:29

Spring is one of the most beau­ti­ful sea­sons of the year. Every­thing around blooms and acquires beau­ti­ful col­ors. How­ev­er, aller­gy suf­fer­ers think oth­er­wise, because this time is extreme­ly unpleas­ant and dan­ger­ous for them. Espe­cial­ly dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic. Here’s how not to con­fuse a com­mon pollen aller­gy with COVID-19.

Seasonal allergy symptoms

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Coro­n­avirus infec­tion con­tin­ues to active­ly spread around the world, bat­tling per­son after per­son. In many ways, the dis­ease has already begun to cause not only health prob­lems, but a real col­lec­tive pan­ic. Peo­ple lit­er­al­ly shy away at the sight of a sneez­ing or cough­ing per­son. How­ev­er, in the spring, the num­ber of such char­ac­ters increas­es sig­nif­i­cant­ly, and not at all because of the coro­n­avirus.

In spring and sum­mer, sea­son­al aller­gies suf­fer furi­ous­ly. These are peo­ple whose immune sys­tem reacts neg­a­tive­ly to the pollen of var­i­ous plants. From here aris­es the dis­ease polli­nosis. So, pollen from the sur­round­ing air set­tles on the mucous mem­branes of the nose, eyes, mouth, enters the bronchi, con­tacts the skin and caus­es aller­gy attacks in peo­ple who are sen­si­tive to it.

Allergy and coronavirus

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Sea­son­al ill­ness is eas­i­ly con­fused with the coro­n­avirus. In order not to pan­ic and cor­rect­ly ana­lyze your con­di­tion, it is impor­tant to under­stand the signs of the con­di­tion. Pro­fes­sor Mar­tin Mar­shall from the Roy­al Col­lege of Physi­cians of Great Britain told what to pay atten­tion to.

1. Symptoms

Cough, run­ny nose, sore throat can be signs of infec­tion, includ­ing coro­n­avirus, and pollen aller­gy. The main thing is to cor­rect­ly dis­tin­guish the symp­toms. Here are some ail­ments char­ac­ter­ized by aller­gies:

  • reg­u­lar watery dis­charge from the nose or nasal con­ges­tion,
  • itch­ing, red­ness of the eyes, watery eyes,
  • skin rash­es, itchy skin,
  • dry cough, short­ness of breath or wheez­ing in the chest.

Tem­per­a­ture, headache and mus­cle pain are not aller­gy symp­toms, and itchy nose and con­stant sneez­ing are not typ­i­cal for coro­n­avirus.

2. Time and weather

The main dif­fer­ence between COVID-19 and aller­gies is that the dis­ease does not depend on the weath­er and time of day. But with polli­nosis, things are dif­fer­ent. As the spe­cial­ist explained in one of his inter­views, the signs of pollen aller­gy appear brighter dur­ing the day and in the evening. At this time, there are much more irri­tants in the air. Sal­va­tion for aller­gy suf­fer­ers is wet or rainy weath­er.

In addi­tion, Mar­shall rec­om­mend­ed that peo­ple with aller­gies take anti­his­t­a­mines, say­ing they reduce their expo­sure to pollen. By the way, in the days of the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, it is very easy to pro­tect your­self from sea­son­al prob­lems. You can use already known and com­mon pre­ven­tive mea­sures. Pro­tec­tive masks or res­pi­ra­tors will come to the res­cue, as well as reg­u­lar hand wash­ing.

Pollen Allergy and Coronavirus

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Recall that med­ical experts con­tin­ue to active­ly study the impact of coro­n­avirus on the human body. Recent­ly, sci­en­tists from Chi­na and the Unit­ed States con­duct­ed a series of stud­ies and obser­va­tions on patients who had recov­ered from COVID-19 infec­tion. Dur­ing the analy­sis, they found seri­ous con­se­quences. It turns out that the virus affects not only the lungs, but the entire human body! Most often, the heart, liv­er, kid­neys and cir­cu­la­to­ry sys­tem suf­fer.

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