Achew! Did I Catch COVID-19 Or Is It Spring Allergies?

March 14, 2022

Woman sneezes and wonders if she has COVID-19 or Spring Allergies? AFC Urgent Care Marlborough Treats Spring Allergies

COVID-19 is still on many people’s minds. After all, it did ruin Thanksgiving, and the other winter holidays. Just when the weather is about to get warmer, and the trees and flowers start to bloom, boom you started sneezing. 

Achew! Did I catch COVID-19 or is it spring allergies? AFC Urgent Care Marlborough is here to help you find out the differences between the two and how to get allergy relief!

COVID-19 Is Still At Large

Cases have been waning in the past month, but it is still very much a threat because of how contagious the most recent Omicron variant is. You can never be too sure. At the same time, some symptoms of COVID-19 like congestion, runny noses, and headaches do overlap with symptoms of allergies. Where is the relief?

Although symptoms overlap, the main symptoms to look out for with COVID-19 is a shortness of breath, a dry cough, fever, and/or difficulty breathing, as this can be fatal to high risk individuals like the elderly, immuno-compromissed folks, asthmatics, or young children.

If you ARE NOT experiencing a shortness of breath,  below are some of the most common signs and symptoms that you are suffering from spring allergies:

  • sneezing
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • watery and itchy eyes
  • itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals
  • ear congestion
  • Headaches from congestion
  • postnasal drainage

Can I Treat Spring Allergies At-Home?

The most helpful advice we can share is that you be aware of your allergy triggers and to take steps to reduce any allergy triggers to make spring allergy season more tolerable.

You can try any of these tips for alleviating and avoiding allergy triggers:

  • Limit pollen exposure by avoiding outdoors when pollen count is really high
  • Rinse your nasal passage
  • Reduce indoor allergen exposure by doing spring cleaning
  • Shower immediately when coming home from the outdoors. Pollen could be on your clothes.
  • Stock up on over the counter allergy medications
  • Get extra refills for inhalers if your asthmatic
  • Close windows on days where the pollen count is really high

Get Treated For Spring Allergies At AFC Urgent Care Marlborough

With no appointment needed, you can visit AFC Urgent Care Marlborough any day of the week. We have extended hours on the weekdays from 8am to 8pm and weekend hours from 8am to 5pm. Our providers are ready to help treat you for symptoms of allergies and asthma.

Rule out COVID by getting tested. We offer rapid antigen and rapid molecular testing on a walk in basis, no appointment necessary.  AFC in Marlborough aims to give you quality care right here. Right now. Just walk-in!

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