“A-chew” Allergies vs. COVID-19

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Haley Pierce, Editor

Allergy season is usually most severe in the spring, around the first week of May. Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is common to occur due to the pollen from trees and grass which are most prevalent in the spring and early summer. It is good to know that allergy season can start as early as January and linger into the month of November. If you have symptoms year-round or your allergies are worse indoors, you may be allergic to dust mites or pet dander.

 

According to elemental.com this is the worst allergy season we have ever had and it is just going to keep getting worse each year. The pollen count for Lebanon, IN the next couple of days ranges to moderate and very low.

 

If you have never had allergies before but are suffering through a runny nose and sinus pain, it could be that allergies are to blame. Congestion is perhaps the top symptom of allergies but how do you know if it is allergies or COVID-19? Seasonal allergies are through the sinuses and COIVD-19 affects the respiratory system. COVID-19 is an illness that is caused by an infection while seasonal allergies are triggered by airborne pollen.

 

You cannot prevent yourself from getting allergies. Although you can avoid the exposure from allergens.

 

Tips on managing your allergies according to weather.com:

 

  • Shower after being outdoors
  • To remove pollen that you pick up from outside
  • Change clothes often

 

 

  • Minimize indoor pollen
  • Keep windows shut
  • Use your AC or purifier to filter allergens

 

 

  • Check the weather
  • Learn when conditions such as the wind increase pollen so you can prepare

 

  • Know your allergy relief options
  • Medication, to nasal sprays
  • Talk to your doctor about your options