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Similarities and differences: how to distinguish a common allergy from coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus quarantine, rapprochement with nature is now limited to a quick walk in the surrounding area. But it is worth noting that everything around began to flourish - the allergy season has come. Writes about it USA Today.

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Allergy symptoms are likely to intensify over the next two to three weeks as flowering plants increase, said Leonard Bilori, professor of medicine, allergy, immunology and ophthalmology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

“If not for the cold snap, there would be an incredible amount of pollen now,” Bilori said. "As soon as the temperature rises, there will be a pretty intense flowering season."

This creates a new dilemma: some allergy symptoms, such as coughing, are similar to those of COVID-19. How to distinguish them?

“Patients with asthma or allergies who cough and have shortness of breath can treat symptoms with inhalers or prescription drugs,” Bilori explained.

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But if the patient has COVID-19, these methods will not work. And the symptoms are likely to be much more severe. Serious problems with breathing may occur in patients with coronavirus. This is why many hospitalized people need lung ventilation devices that mechanically pump air into and out of the lungs.

People infected with viruses, including coronavirus, can experience fever within 24-72 hours of infection, Bilori said.

“Fever is a significant symptom,” he said. "People with allergies usually don't have a fever."

According to the American Asthma and Allergy Foundation, patients with COVID-19 may develop gastrointestinal symptoms and muscle pain. According to Biori, almost two-thirds of them may lose their sense of smell. None of these symptoms are allergic.

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