May 14, 2021 via Huntington Now. Info provided by Northwell Health Go-Health Urgent Care New York, NY.
Dr. Michael Green, associate medical director of Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is helping New Yorkers distinguish which symptoms are seasonal allergies, and which may signal the need for a COVID-19 test:
“If your eyes are watery, and you’re sneezing constantly, the likelihood is you’re suffering from allergies,” Dr. Green said. “But if you’re nauseous, feverish, achy or maybe coughing and feeling short of breath, it’s best to consult your medical practitioner.”
While we are not aware of any studies that show an increased risk of COVID-19 due to allergies, Dr. Green said, “There have been some studies that show there is an increased expression of receptors for rhinovirus, a virus that causes the common cold, in those with allergies, which has raised the possibility of increased viral infection, But the jury is still out on this as it has not been proven in real world practice.”
Dr. Green recommends everyone to continue to take preventative measures to minimize your chances of catching and spreading COVID-19 and even relieve seasonal allergies:
When you get home, take a nice shower, and wash your hair to remove allergens, and again, those nasty germs.
Leave your shoes at the door. You do not want to track pollen and germs throughout your home.
If you continue to be symptomatic, you may want to talk to your primary care physician for more testing and recommendations.
Those with spring allergies will want to pay special attention to their masks.
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