Allergies versus COVID-19 symptoms

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 8:19 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -Pollen is all over eastern North Carolina, covering cars and anything else in its way, and impacting allergies.

“Oh, it’s insane, it’s all over the place, there’s nowhere you can go where it isn’t pollen,” said New Bern resident, Kelsey Parrish.

You’ve probably felt it like, Kevin Green. He says, “Every now and then I do have a sneezing spell.”

Many have seasonal allergies, but how do you know for sure it’s not COVID-19 considering, some of the symptoms are the same?

“There is some overlap in the rhinorrhea or runny nose, scratchy throat,” said Pitt County Health Director, Dr. John Silvernail.

According to Silvernail, those who have allergies during this time of the year can usually recognize their symptoms. “If you don’t think you’ve been exposed, and you know, the trees are popping in the yard, the grass is growing in the yard and you know you’re allergic to those things that may very well be related to your allergies,” he said.

But there are some indications that could send you to the doctor. For example, if your normal allergy remedies are not helping or if your symptoms are more intense. “If you’re having aches and pains along with what may seem like your normal allergy symptoms, that may be an indication to go to your doctor,” Silvernail said.

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