Do I Have Allergies or COVID?

As we move into flu season, seasonal allergies are also common for millions of Americans. With COVID-19 still plaguing our society, it’s important to recognize the differences in symptoms. AFC Urgent Care North Bergen provides COVID testing to all patients in need. Our providers can also recommend treatments for seasonal allergies or other symptoms. Visit our center today to feel your best as soon as possible.

Allergy Symptoms

Not everyone with allergies will suffer from the same symptoms. While there are more common symptoms with allergies, it’s possible for one to be more severe than another.

Some common allergy signs include:

  • Runny nose or sneezing
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Hives

Depending on what you are allergic to can also impact your symptoms. For example, an allergy to dust or pet dander may increase sneezing or watery eyes. A rash or hives are also common if you have a skin allergy.

Most allergies are not severe and can be managed with medication. More severe sufferers may need a prescription for their symptoms. The providers at AFC North Bergen can analyze your symptoms to make a proper recommendation.

COVID Symptoms

In most cases, COVID symptoms are more severe than allergy symptoms. Some otherwise healthy adults can even suffer from severe symptoms. With COVID, symptoms can appear anywhere from two to fourteen days after exposure. With allergies, they are more constant depending on what you’re allergic to.

Some common signs of COVID include:

  • Fever
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches or headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

COVID symptoms can feel more like the flu or another lower respiratory illness. Allergies feel more like a head cold.

Treatment Options

The most effective type of treatment against COVID right now is the vaccine. It’s the best way to prevent severe symptoms and hospitalization. Additional medication can be used to help lessen symptoms. This includes ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or cold medicine.

With allergies, there is a different type of medication that is recommended. This is due to the cause of allergies. With COVID, colds, or the flu, they are caused by a virus. With allergies, they are caused by an increase in histamines.

Antihistamine medication is best for allergy symptoms. This can include Zyrtec, Claritin, or Allegra. If you are unsure what type of medication is best for you, visit AFC North Bergen. Our providers can look at your medical history and recommend the best type based on other allergies or effectiveness.