Spring Allergies 2023: Will They Be Worse Than Past Years?

March 6, 2023

Woman blowing her nose realizing she may be suffering from a bad spring allergy season. AFC Urgent Care Southington can help treat spring allergies

Are you sneezing, coughing, or wheezing more than usual lately? 

The “warm winter” we had is coming to an end, which means pollen counts will increase and if you’re prone to allergies, so will your sneezing and wheezing. Spring allergies have come early this year and some of you may be concerned because other winter illnesses are still circulating. Some of us are coming down with sore throats, while others are getting COVID… again (there is a new variant). 

Because symptoms of spring allergies and COVID-19 overlap, it can be very confusing and easily mistaken for something else. AFC Urgent Care Southington has created a helpful guide for you this spring to not only differentiate symptoms of COVID-19 from symptoms of spring allergies, but to also give you tips on how you find allergy relief. 

COVID-19 Versus Spring Allergies 

Symptoms of spring allergies and COVID-19 symptoms often overlap and may cause people to second guess when someone coughs or sneezes around them. For people suffering from hay fever, also known as “allergic rhinitis,” breathing in pollen can cause sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. Pollen exposure can also result in “allergic conjunctivitis” in some individuals, causing red, watery, or itchy eyes. There are many differences between COVID-19 symptoms and spring allergy symptoms. Some symptoms below may vary depending on the individual.

Spring allergies may cause:

  • Sneezing
  • Itching of the nose, eyes or roof of the mouth
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Watery, red or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)

COVID-19 symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms may vary and some individuals may not even experience any COVID-19 symptoms. 

How Do You Treat Allergy Symptoms?

Here are some tips in reducing the unwanted allergy triggers.

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Avoid lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
  • Remove clothes you've worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Don't hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
  • Wear a face mask if you do outside chores.
  • Carry your inhaler because spring allergies may cause flare ups

If you want to take extra precaution, you may want to check your tv or the internet for the pollen levels. Checking this on a daily basis can help you take an extra step towards fighting the spring allergies this season.

AFC Urgent Care Southington Can Help You Find Allergy Relief This Spring Allergy Season

We want you to enjoy the warm weather and don’t want you to worry or have any doubts about your health. If you do have any questions or concerns, AFC Urgent Care Southington is open 7 days a week and is here for you. If you have any confusion on whether it’s allergies or COVID-19, come and get tested. It’s better to be safe. We provide antigen tests, rapid tests, and the standard PCR tests. 

No appointments are needed, but they are also welcomed. Let us help you find allergy relief this spring season.

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