Covid Omicron or allergy? How to tell the difference in symptoms

Just ask a pediatrician with an elevated waiting room of snotty kids. The arrival of spring (even if it comes early like this year in many regions) causes an increase in cases of respiratory allergies, by the changing environment around us, such as the pollination of different plants and trees at the beginning of the year.

The symptoms in most allergy sufferers are closely related to those seen in recent months of those infected by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a much milder mutation than Delta that came before it, much more similar to that of the flu.

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In years past, people were quick to self-diagnose as having an allergic reaction set in, something that was unpleasant to most but debilitating to others. But two years into a coronavirus pandemic, the average man, woman or parent (yes, there’s often a difference) has other concerns on their minds. In the first months of 2022, some will jump immediately to a lateral flow test to see if they, or their child, need to self-isolate.

For this reason, Álvaro Cano, medical manager at Aegon, has acknowledged that people don’t know how to differentiate between the conditions of an allergy and those of Omicron, and has come up with some advice.

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Test, test. Omicron is not shown for allergy sufferersJCCMEUROPE PRESS

How to differentiate between Omicron and allergy symptoms?

Nasal congestion and sneezing are the most common symptoms of an allergy sufferer, but this is very similar to a lot with Omicron. However, if you dig into the details of that slime, you’ll find that it’s “clearer and more runny” in a covid case of this variant, according to Cano. He further says that most people infected with Omicron have no nasal irritationunlike allergy sufferers, although they may share an itchy throat.

Another distinguishing factor is that the Omicron infection often causes additional symptoms, characterized by fever, headache and sore throat, general malaise and even gastrointestinal problems. These are uncommon in an allergy.

What is even more likely to reveal the reason behind any symptoms, even those that are identical, is the duration of suffering. While an Omicron-infected patient may feel the effects for two to five days, a respiratory allergy can persist until the spring season is over.

To reduce the ill effects of allergies, Cano advises people who are prone to them keep their homes and offices clean and well ventilatedthereby reducing the accumulation of dust particles, and also to avoid parks and gardens where pollen dispersers might reside.

Covid Omicron or allergy? How to tell the difference in symptoms

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