The Difference Between Hayfever and Coronavirus Symptoms

The Difference Between Hayfever & Coronavirus

As the weather is heating up and the pollen count is rising, the number of us starting with hayfever is increasing.

The scary thing that comes with this is the similarities between hayfever and the COVID-19 virus symptoms. We’ve made it clear to give you peace of mind…

As more of us are spending time in our gardens during this lockdown, it can be a tough time for those who suffer from hayfever.

There are a few similarities between the symptoms of hayfever and coronavirus, such as a runny nose, feeling tired, and, anecdotally, a loss of smell.

Its vital we are continuing to monitor ourselves and any symptoms we may have for COVID-19, ensuring we simply do not dismiss them as hayfever or worry ourselves when hayfever may be all they are.

How can you tell the difference?

Chief Pharmacist Marc Donovan, explained that although there may be some small similarities, they are plenty of significant differences between hayfever and coronavirus symptoms.

“Hayfever symptoms are different to coronavirus,” he said. “The most common symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature and / or a new continuous cough. Sneezing is not a symptom of Coronavirus and it’s rare to have a runny or stuffy nose.

“Hayfever doesn’t cause a high temperature and most people don’t feel unwell. Typical hayfever symptoms include sneezing, a runny or blocked nose, itchy red watery eyes or an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears.”

So, if you have a high temperature, it’s more likely to be a symptom of COVID-19 than of hayfever, and if you experience sneezing or a runny nose or eyes, it sounds like it’s much more likely to be hayfever, if you already suffer from the allergic reaction.

How to reduce the risk of your hayfever acting up?

Work on daily prevention – Ensure you are taking your daily antihistamine tablet to fight off your symptoms, constantly washing your hands and avoid touching your face if you have been out in the garden.

Keep an eye out on the pollen count – if the pollen count is higher than normal, avoid spending too much time outdoors and stay inside for as much as possible.

Only go outside when the pollen count is at its lowest – Studies show that the pollen count during the day is much higher in the early mornings or late afternoons. If you do need to leave the house, ensure it is around midday.

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