As the fall arrives with vibrant orange hues and roasted pumpkin spice fragrance, the return of the famous long cardigans and crisp air, we wish we could only take the best of fall and ignore the annoying allergies which also accompany autumn every year.
To top it off, this year fall allergies are competing with COVID-19 symptoms and even the slightest of cough or runny nose are making us worry either way.
With more allergens in the air, it is very difficult to distinguish between the allergies and COVID. So we have broken down the list of symptoms and also added a bunch of expert advice to figure out how to best tackle this season.
Seasonal allergies start in early August with Ragweeds releasing its pollen and it can continue up to October.
Mold spores also cause allergies especially in the dumps of fallen leaves on the ground.
Additionally, dust mites can be another cause of allergies, especially in moist or humid
Seasonal allergy symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Symptoms mostly include runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, nasal drip, itchy eyes, itchy sinus or throat, mild fatigue, ear congestion, shortness of breath, headache and wheezing.
It is important to note that allergens do not cause fever. Generally, the existent allergens in the air cause our immunity systems to produce histamines which in turn lead to the inflammation and all other symptoms.
COVID 19 symptoms are more aligned with seasonal flu which include fever for days, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Though the runny nose or shortness of breath can be confusing especially during season change, doctors suggest that with COVID, dry cough is much more prolonged and severe compared to allergies or just getting a cold.
COVID 19 symptoms which mostly appear within 2-14 days consist of fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, runny nose or congested nose, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea.
Fall allergy relief
- Close the windows when the wind flow is heavy.
- Always check the air filter and use a clean HEPA air filter to avoid breeding dust mites.
- Change the bedsheets and couch throws more often. To be extra careful, sterilize the bed sheets using a UV robot or a UV wand to get rid of any residue microbes which might have left behind.
- Change your clothes when you come back from outside and put them aside.
- Take a shower as soon as you come back from outside to avoid the allergens spreading anywhere.
- Keep your outside shoes separate as they are sometimes the carrier of mold spores.
- Check the local weather forecast and avoid outdoors during strong wind flow with particles.
- In case the symptoms go more severe, consult a doctor and keep the allergy meds handy.