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

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

Experts at Louisville’s Family Allergy & Asthma said allergies now hit some people hard. How long that congestion and sneezing can last depends on what allergies you have.

dr. Stephen Pollard said tree pollen and grass are now reaching their peak. Grass lasts all summer and ragweed will become a problem later in the summer months.

“Data shows that as the planet warms and CO2 rises, not only do we get more pollen, but it’s stronger,” Pollard said. “So there can be variation from season to season. This is a robust season.”

While COVID-19 vaccinations are a big step in the right direction, Pollard said increased immunity can make virus symptoms harder to spot.

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

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

He also said that allergy medications won’t do anything for COVID-19, so if you’re taking allergy pills and you’re not feeling better, it’s a good sign you could have the virus.

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

Doctors at Family Allergy & Asthma said it’s best to know what allergies you have and what time of year you are most bothered by.

Many people can control symptoms with over-the-counter medications. There are also some measures you can take to reduce symptoms during allergy season, such as keeping windows and doors closed to keep pollen out, changing your HVAC filter, and wearing a mask when mowing or yard work. .

The good news is that pollen levels drop after the first freeze, and in Kentuckiana, that first freeze is usually in late October.

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