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Is it seasonal allergies or something more?



While the warm, breezy spring days are right around the corner, so are seasonal allergies. And though you’ve hoped to leave them behind, sometimes seasonal allergies are unpreventable. Due to recent concerns about COVID-19, it can be scary to experience the coughing, sneezing and watery eyes that often accompany seasonal allergies—making you worry more than usual about your symptoms.


It can help to understand the signs of both allergies and COVID-19 to put your mind at ease when spring allergies crop up.

Symptoms of seasonal allergies include:

  • Sneezing.
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • Watery or itchy eyes.
  • Congestion.
  • Postnasal drainage.


Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever.
  • Dry cough.
  • Fatigue.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.


If you’re experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 or you’re concerned about your health, always seek medical advice. As more is learned about COVID-19, it’s good to stay aware of developments. For up-to-the minute recommendations, symptoms, details and care, please visit the CDC website at:


Ease your allergy symptoms

If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, you can help ease your symptoms with the following:


  • Know what triggers your allergies. Whether it’s pollen, mold, trees or grass, you have many different agents to which you could be allergic. Identifying what causes your symptoms can make it easier to avoid these triggers.
  • Be prepared with over-the-counter medications. Antihistamines such as Claritin™ or Zyrtec™ can help relieve your itchy eyes and runny nose. On the other hand, if your nose is stuffy, you can also try decongestants such as Sudafed™ or Afrin™ to provide some relief. If you still can’t find relief, you can try a nasal spray or sinus rinse to help ease your symptoms. Always check with your doctor or allergist before trying a new medication.
  • Know when it’s time to talk to your doctor. While seasonal allergies can be manageable, sometimes they can turn into something else—like a sinus or ear infection. It’s best to check with your doctor if you’re unsure.


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This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant as medical advice.