“I keep sneezing and wheezing, is it COVID-19 or spring allergies?” Spring allergy season started early this year. At the same time we’re still seeing cases of COVID-19 in the Worcester, MA area. Although cases have waned in the last few weeks from the “winter wave” of COVID-19, it is still very much a threat and some symptoms of COVID-19 overlap with symptoms of allergies.
But, where’s the relief? Let’s take a look at how you can alleviate your spring allergies and what to do if it’s not allergies and it’s COVID-19.
Why Do We Get Spring Allergies?
Spring allergy sufferers know that the first dustings of pollen mean their noses and eyes are about to be assaulted with agonizing allergy symptoms. Sneezing, runny noses, sinus congestion and itchy, watery eyes are all manifestations of springtime bodily revolt. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, approximately 50 million Americans suffer from some form of allergic disease.
The symptoms commonly known as seasonal allergies are the body’s response to airborne allergens like pollen from trees and grasses. Allergy sufferers can usually handle small amounts of their allergens. But when an allergen becomes really prevalent in the air around them, it triggers an allergic reaction from the body. So, did spring allergy season come early this year? Yes, we had sporadic temperature changes during the winter, which led to a priming effect for us to be more sensitive to allergens like tree pollen.
How Do You Treat Allergies?
When you have seasonal allergies, all you want is for your symptoms to go away. For many people, seasonal allergies are treated with allergy pills, shots or nasal rinsing. Many doctors will also recommend using physical barriers to limit exposure to allergens, like closing windows and wearing filter masks and sunglasses.
You can also check with the national pollen count in the Massachusetts area to avoid going out on days with high pollen count. This or to prepare for an allergy induced day by taking your allergy medication first thing in the morning.
What If My Sneezing Is From COVID-19 And Not From Spring Allergies?
COVID-19 is nothing new here. We just had a winter holiday COVID-19 wave. COVID is still going to be on minds when it comes to sneezing and wheezing or illnesses. But, some of the symptoms do overlap with symptoms of allergies. Luckily for you, we offer rapid antigen and rapid molecular testing 7 days a week to rule out COVID. If it is COVID-19 you can take the necessary steps to self isolate at home. If it is not, then it’s time to prepare for spring allergies.
AFC Urgent Care Worcester Can Help You Find Spring Allergy Relief
Seasonal allergies are uncomfortable, draining and frustrating, but here at AFC Urgent Care Worcester you can get treatment for allergies on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed when visiting us. With extended hours on the weekdays from 8a to 8pm and weekend hours 8a to 5pm we make it convenient for your schedule. If you need COVID-19 testing to rule out COVID, we can do this too!