(WGN) — Is it COVID-19 or allergic reactions?
We’re within the midst of a difficult season. Allergy symptoms that ought to be winding down are lingering. And whereas one other risk, COVID-19, makes a gradual exit, crossover signs are inflicting confusion this spring.
Brilliant, stunning blooms are throughout. And the timber are pollenating like champs throughout what’s been a stellar spring.
“Once you see these little issues hanging down from the timber and the little yellow mud that will get sprinkled on our automobiles and the aspect of the highway, that’s all of the pollen,” stated Dr. Rachna Shah, with the allergy and immunology division at Loyola Medication. “Our pollen counts are at excessive ranges. However specifically, we’ve had a really extended tree season.”
The method that ought to be wrapped up by mid-Could is taking its candy time in 2021. Streaks of hotter temperatures adopted by cooler days have prolonged the pollination course of.
“It’s mainly taking its time now absolutely blooming,” Shah stated. “And we see that in our backyards and parks and different issues, timber aren’t absolutely bloomed but. We don’t see massive leaves on timber. So it’s been this lengthy, drawn-out season.”
The pollen meters on some rooftops verify the abundance of proof within the air and on the bottom.
“This time of 12 months, we sometimes see average counts. I might even see 50 tree pollen granules on the slide,” Shah stated. “However what I’m seeing this 12 months are a whole bunch for this time of 12 months. We might usually see that in April, however by this time of 12 months, it ought to be winding down. They usually simply aren’t, and we see no finish at this level.”
Whereas which means we get extra time to benefit from the spectacle, the draw back is a gentle and extra extreme stream of allergy signs. Or is it COVID signs?
“One symptom that I discover overlaps fairly a bit is nasal congestion,” Shah stated. “And typically individuals can get stuffed as much as the purpose the place they’ve complications. They’ll even have lack of odor in the event that they get stuffed up and develop a sinus an infection. And sore throat. And it’s very complicated. Is it COVID or seasonal allergic reactions?”
However the one signal that separates the 2 illnesses? Itching.
“Itchy signs just like the itchy, watery eyes, sneezing or itchy throat. These we don’t see with COVID. We sometimes see these with seasonal allergic reactions,” Shah stated.
She stated don’t keep inside and miss out on wholesome actions. However do shut the home windows at night time to maintain the allergens out. Rinse off after being open air. And in case you’re nonetheless struggling, strive over-the-counter merchandise first.
“Like antihistamines. Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin. There are particular nostril sprays which are additionally very useful,” Shah stated. “And if nonetheless you’re affected by allergy signs, go see an allergist. There’s numerous remedy choices.”
For those who’re not clear on the reason for your signs, Shah suggests getting examined for COVID-19.