How to tell the difference between hay fever and coronavirus

The rise in springtime pollen may be a worry for some of us, as allergies can be confused with coronavirus symptoms.

If you've got hay fever, you could have a runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes, throat, mouth, nose and ears, headaches, sneezing and coughing.

But coughing is also one of the symptoms for coronavirus. So how do you know which is which?

With Covid-19, a new and persistent cough and a high temperature are key things to look out for. Whereas with allergy symptoms, it tends to be milder and change with the time of day. Pollen levels are often higher in the afternoon and evening.

If the weather is wet and your symptoms are milder it's more likely to be hay fever, but the best judge of your body is you. If you have hay fever symptoms that are more severe than usual, seek medical advice.

Allergy UK, a leading charity on allergy support, is urging hay fever sufferers and asthmatics to prepare their medication in advance of worsening conditions.

On their website, Allergy UK states: “Do not mistake hay fever symptoms for coronavirus. The symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature and a new, continuous cough.

“Hay fever does not cause a high temperature and most people with hay fever do not feel unwell. Mild to moderate hay fever is easily treated.”

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