Allergies or COVID? The Louisville doctor explains the symptoms to watch out for News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Spring is allergy season in Kentucky, but with the rise of COVID-19, how do you know if you’re sick or just need an antihistamine?

Experts from Family Allergy & Asthma in Louisville said allergies are hitting some people hard right now. How long this congestion and sneezing can last depends on what allergies you have.

Dr Stephen Pollard said tree pollen and grass are at their peak right now. Grass will continue in the summer, and ragweed will become a problem later in the summer months.

“Data shows that when the planet warms and CO2 rises, not only do we get more pollen, but it’s stronger,” Pollard said. “So there can be seasonal variability. It’s a strong season.”

While vaccinations against COVID-19 are a big step in the right direction, Pollard said heightened immunity could make the virus’s symptoms harder to spot.

“It’s extremely difficult right now because we have so much immunity,” he said. “In the beginning it was quite classic. Because they are immune, their COVID symptoms are much milder. ”

Pollard said there was some overlap between COVID-19 and allergy symptoms, but allergies would not cause fever or body aches.

He also said that the allergy medicine will do nothing for COVID-19, so if you are taking allergy pills and you do not feel better, this is a good sign that you may have the virus.

COVID-19 affects each person differently and can have a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe. With the coronavirus you may have fever, chills, fatigue, headache, sore throat, blockage, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea or shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The doctors from Family Allergy & Asthma said that it is best to know what allergies you have and the time of year that worries you the most.

Many people can manage their symptoms with over-the-counter medications. There are also some actions you can take to reduce allergy symptoms during the allergy season, including keeping windows and doors closed to protect pollen, changing your HVAC filter, and wearing a mask when you do hair or work. in the yard.

The good news is that pollen levels fall after the first frost, and in Kentucky this first frost is usually in late October.

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