Fall Allergies and COVID – What to Expect This Year

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Fall Allergies and COVID – What to Expect This Year

September 15, 2021

Seasonal allergies are reportedly worse this year as climate change and warmer temperatures cause longer tree and grass pollen seasons.[1] And this year’s fall allergies are no exception, with ragweed pollination and mold spores traveling in the air for much longer duration and distance, as temperatures rise.

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Seasonal allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe, including itchy eyes, ears, nose or skin, watery eyes, sinus pain and congestion, sneezing, coughing, headache, and shortness of breath for those with pollen-induced asthma.

With the Delta variant of COVID-19 and fall allergies occurring at the same time, every symptom can be concerning. While these conditions share many similar symptoms, there are clear distinctions.

According to Dr. Alan Goldsobel of Allergy & Asthma Associates of Northern California, and Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University, “Fever is always the primary differentiating factor between allergies and any infection, including COVID-19.  In fully vaccinated people who do develop COVID-19, the symptoms are often mild, but frequently may have brief, low-grade fever and cold-like symptoms.  Loss of smell and taste is very rarely seen with allergies.

“Other symptoms that would make it unlikely to be allergies include myalgia and chills. Giveaways that it’s just allergies would be the time of year (for those with seasonal allergies), as well as itching,” continued Dr. Goldsobel.

Dr. Goldsobel recommends getting a COVID-19 test with any fever or unusual symptoms that come with your seasonal allergies.

Here are some tips to help you cope better with fall allergies:

Over-the-counter treatments such as eye drops, nasal sprays, or antihistamines may relieve symptoms but if you’re sensitive to medications, consider clinically effective treatments like ClearUP® Sinus Pain Relief – it’s 100% drug-free, FDA-cleared and uses gentle microcurrent technology to relieve sinus pain and congestion.

[1] “Anthropogenic climate change is worsening North American pollen seasons,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2/16/2021, https://www.pnas.org/content/118/7/e2013284118.

 

Related Resources:

COVID-Flu-Cold-Allergies Symptoms Chart (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

2021 Allergy Capitals Report (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)

 

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