Springtime is finally upon us, bringing warmer weather, spring sports, gardening, picnics, and cherry blossoms with it. After a cold, dark winter, we can venture out on that hike, go on that bike ride, feel the sun on our faces, put our noses in those flowers …Bam. Allergies.
For millions across the U.S., seasonal allergies are nothing new. But as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving strains, like the Omicron variant, waking up with a runny nose after a day on the trails with friends carries a whole new meaning.
So, you’re unsure whether your symptoms warrant monitoring the pollen count or self-isolating?
You woke up with cold-like symptoms. Now what? Waking up with symptoms comes with a whole new meaning as allergy season converts with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Is it allergies or covid? Allergies can cause sneezing, head and or earaches, itchy eyes, mouth, or inner ear. There’s room for confusion. Runny or stuffy nose, a standard cough, and tiredness can be shared symptoms of seasonal allergies and covid-19. Covid symptoms can be dry cough, muscle aches, and fever. When is doubt, TEST! Use an at-home test to help confirm if your symptoms are related to covid-19. Still, symptoms can vary from person to person, and both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies can impact each of us differently.
Now, you can find a test online and at local pharmacies, supermarkets, and shops across the U.S. And most COVID-19 self tests are both FSA and HSA eligible, as well as available at no cost through insurance, it’s easier than ever to have a few self-tests on hand when they’re needed most.
If there’s any lingering doubt, always consult your physician. Self-testing for COVID-19 is just one way of finding peace of mind — a healthcare professional can help to narrow down the source of your symptoms and guide your recovery. Ruling out COVID-19 and going forth with confidence is an easy way to put a spring in your step.