Tuesday, May 12, 2020 05:36 PM

SEASONAL ALLERGIES OR COVID-19? DOCTOR EXPLAINS DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS - WCVB BOSTON

Seasonal allergies sniffles, congestion, dry cough, sore throat in a time of COVID-19 can make people a little uneasy."There is a lot of anxiety out there, which is understandable," said Dr. Lakiea Wright, a physician at Brigham and Women's division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.Wright said she's seeing a lot of confusion in the air these days when it comes to people self-diagnosing."Runny nose, stuffy nose, watery itchy eyes. But when you come to COVID, symptoms you have are shortness of breath, fever, cough," she said.Wright said its critical for people to be aware of the distinguishing differences between COVID-19 and the seasonal sniffles."Allergies alone would not cause fever. They should not cause shortness of breath -- unless you have something like asthma. And you shouldn't get body aches or chills," she said. Wright said there are a few things people should be conscious about over the next month or so, including if your symptoms increase when youre outside or the window is open, it's probably the pollen.Wright said there are several things you can do to help beat back those allergies: Wear a mask and wear sunglasses. Both help keep the pollen away by protecting your nose, mouth and ...

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