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Is It COVID-19 or allergies? 5/8/2020

We know what you´re worried about. It´s already spring and your beginning to have symptoms, but of what? Could it be a spring allergy or are they symptoms of something more serious like COVID-19.

We have given ourselves the task of investigating about this topic, and rest assured that we have found the answers to this question, in an article written by The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AOO) it gave us a clear base on how to differentiate a spring allergy from a possible case of COVID-19.

The first thing you should know is that the difference between allergy and coronavirus symptoms can be found in your eyes, in short if your eyes are red, watery and itchy, then these are probably signs of allergies. Coronavirus symptoms generally do not cause those uncomfortable itchy, watery eyes.

But what if you have conjunctivitis? Although it is true that there are reports of people with coronaviruses who have developed conjunctivitis, and that allergies can also cause it, it is necessary to know how to differentiate them.

Allergic Conjunctivitis usually affects both eyes with itching, burning, and redness. You may feel that you have something inside the eye, and there may be some puffiness around the eyes. You will probably also have other allergy symptoms like a runny nose and sneezing. Another thing to note with allergic conjunctivitis is that you have it each year around the same time.

Unlike this, viral conjunctivitis is generally an isolated incident. It also causes burning, red eyes, but there is usually a watery discharge as well, which may feel slightly thicker and stickier than tears.

To know more precisely the difference between them, you will have to take into account the additional symptoms that appear with COVID-19, such as:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • bluish color to lips or face
  • chest pain or pressure
  • being extremely tired or feeling like you will collapse if you stand up
  • loss of smell/taste
  • feeling a new sense of confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • nausea

If you are not experiencing the symptoms described above, and you still do not know if it is a spring allergy or coronavirus, chances are it is an allergy and you can treat it as such. However, if you have allergy symptoms accompanied by COVID-19 symptoms, it is necessary that you consult your doctor so he can give you the appropriate medicine and treatment.

Remember that to reduce the risk of getting infected you have to constantly be washing your hands, maintaining a social distance, avoid touching your face and rubbing your eyes.

Is It COVID-19 or Allergies? (2020). From The American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

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