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Is It Allergies or COVID-19?

If your nose starts to run or sneezing becomes more frequent, it can be tempting to panic and blame those symptoms on the ever-present coronavirus. As tempting as it may be, we advise you to pump the brakes a little bit as seasonal allergies and COVID-19 are very different animals.

Our AFC Urgent Care Centennial team further explains below, so read on!

What Is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It can be spread through coughing, sneezing, breathing, close personal contact and interaction with fomites, which are objects or materials that are likely to carry infection, such as clothes, utensils and furniture.

COVID-19 is extremely contagious. If you experience any of the below-mentioned symptoms of this virus, schedule a COVID-19 test at our AFC center ASAP to confirm your diagnosis.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What Are Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies occur when allergens, such as mold, pollen and pet dander, irritate the immune system. As a defense mechanism, the body deploys histamines, which, while they do protect the immune system from further damage, cause inflammation in the nose, throat and chest.

Unlike the coronavirus, allergies aren't contagious and are easily treatable in most cases. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms we've mentioned below, you likely have seasonal allergies.

Allergy Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals
  • Ear congestion
  • Postnasal drainage

Experiencing any illness-related symptoms can be nerve-wracking right now. If you feel under the weather or if seasonal allergies are getting the best of you, don't hesitate to visit our AFC Urgent Care Centennial team! We're here for you now and always.