Even though many are stuck inside, spring is in bloom outdoors, which means it’s the time of year that many people’s allergies start acting up. Doctors’ phones have been ringing off the hook with patients afraid they might be coming down with the coronavirus. So how can you tell the difference between the coronavirus and seasonal allergies? Start with symptoms: coronavirus usually includes fever, difficulty breathing, and fatigue. Sneezing and scratchy, watery eyes are more likely allergies.
Red itchy eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing galore — if that sounds like you, you’re likely in the midst of an allergy attack. That’s because while springtime means pretty blooming trees and the return of warm weather, it also brings seasonal allergies along for the ride. Not sure if you’ve got ‘em, or wondering how to tame them? We asked experts to share common spring allergy symptoms to look out for, and what you can do to find some relief.
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The early start to allergy season coinciding with the emergence of COVID-19 may increase anxiety as people allergic to molds and tree pollen try to determine whether their symptoms are part of the annual allergy misery or perhaps a warning sign they’ve been infected with the virus.
“The symptoms of spring allergies — nasal congestion, dry cough — are similar to the symptoms of mild COVID-19, so it’s difficult to know which you have, and, of course, people are a little extra concerned these days,” said Dr. Rachel Miller, chief of the division of clinical immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
As the calendar inches toward spring, you might still be enjoying life without seasonal allergy symptoms. But instead of just waiting for the sneezing, itching and congestion to start all over again, here’s an idea: Use the tail end of winter to get ready for allergy season.
There are plenty of things you can be doing right now to make allergy season more bearable. “In my practice, patients are instructed to go on allergy alert a few weeks before the season starts,” says Dr. Clifford Bassett, author of The New Allergy Solution.
Jameela Jamil has defended her long list of health conditions after being accused of having Munchausen syndrome in a row over her posting a photograph of a peanut butter pretzel snack when she has spoken in the past of a severe nut allergy.
The Good Place actress batted away criticism on Twitter from confused fans who asked whether she had made up her peanut allergy after posting the photograph on Instagram this week.
She says her peanut allergy lessened or ‘cleared up’ as she got older – something doctors say can happen but is rare.
The online row however spiraled and prompted some critics to question Jamil’s other health problems.
While most people are aware of pollutants floating around outside, it may come as a surprise to learn that people with allergies may be even more vulnerable indoors.
“The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that indoor air — where we spend more than three-quarters of our days — is often even more polluted versus outdoor air,” said Dr. Clifford Bassett, founder and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York and author of The New Allergy Solution.
The days of pumpkin spice and apple picking are here — but you can’t stop sniffling and sneezing. We might think that fall should offer us a reprieve from the bursting blooms of spring and the sinus crud that often comes in with winter. However, according to Dr. Clifford Bassett, founder and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, fall is actually quite a fertile time for allergies.
In September 2016, 34-year-old Laura Levis passed away from a sudden and seemingly random asthma attack. While her tragic death was completely unexpected, her husband, Boston Globe reporter Peter DeMarco, believes it could have been prevented. This year, he’s making sure that families of asthma sufferers are aware of the dangers that come with the fall season—specifically one particularly dangerous week.
So, you’ve got a headache, but it’s not just any headache—you feel the pain deep in your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and in your lower forehead.
It’s cleary a sinus headache, right? Not so fast: Before you make a hasty decision and decide to self-treat, it’s important to know that migraines are actually often misdiagnosed as sinus headaches—largely because they come with many of the same symptoms (yes, even run-of-the-mill nasal congestion).