How do you differentiate between the symptoms of corona and allergic rhinitis? … A doctor reveals


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Monday 29th March 2021

Books – Sayed Metwally

Symptoms of Covid can include cough, loss of smell and headache, the same signs that may occur when you have hay fever (allergic rhinitis).

But how do you differentiate between the symptoms of Corona and hay fever, and when should you isolate yourself and book a Covid test ?, This is what the British Express newspaper reveals, according to Dr. Gordon Sinclair, who is the clinical chief of the British Health Authority.

“We want to make sure that people do not go out, assuming they have the usual allergies, when they may already be infected with the Coronavirus,” Sinclair says.

The doctor identified the three main symptoms of Corona virus as follows:

– High temperature.

A new, persistent cough.

Loss of the sense of smell or taste.

Symptoms of hay fever

“While the symptoms of coronavirus and hay fever can overlap, people with hay fever do not have a high temperature and most of them will not feel unwell,” he explained.

He continued: “Symptoms of hay fever and allergies tend to be milder, such as itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing, and they may vary throughout the day, and can usually be controlled through antihistamines or nasal sprays.”

Corona Virus

The doctor warned: “If you develop any new cough or fever or lose the sense of taste or smell, you must isolate yourself because these may be signs of infection with the Coronavirus.”

Although the coronavirus can be dangerous for people at high risk of contracting serious illness – many of whom have now been vaccinated – others can deal with the infection at home.

The doctor said, the symptoms of the coronavirus can be controlled by taking paracetamol and drinking plenty of fluids.

How do I know if I have Covid?

If you have any of the three classic warning signs of coronavirus, you can take a test.

The three classic symptoms

New, persistent cough – means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing bouts in 24 hours

High temperature – this means that you feel hot when you touch your chest or back.

Loss or change in the sense of smell or taste – this means that you have noticed that you cannot smell or taste anything, smell or taste different than usual.

Symptoms of hay fever:

Itchy eyes / throat.

Sneezing, stuffy / runny nose.

Red eyes (allergic conjunctivitis).

Headache, sinus obstruction.

Shortness of breath.


Nasal drip.

Nasal drip is “the sensation of mucus running down the back of the throat.”


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