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This is definitely the worst time of the year to have allergies, and be an asthmatic especially while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now that the weather is changing and Spring has officially arrived I have a very difficult time with people as I sneeze or cough and have folks trying to decipher if I have COVID-19 or allergies.

For clarity allergy symptoms are the following:

  • Sneezing and a itchy, runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and a cough
  • Swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face

Even dealing with those symptoms is can be very nerve wrecking not to mention forecasters are saying it could be a very bad allergy season for parts of the U.S. and as the virus continues to rise it causes me and others who suffer from allergies to go into a panic.

According to CBS Austin, Dr. William Howland with the Allergy and Asthma Center in Austin says the worst symptoms are due to arrive between the first two weeks in April.

However, to determine the difference between allergies and COVID-19 Dr. Howland says ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have a fever?
  • Do you have shortness of breath?

Most individuals with allergies are not having a fever and it's not difficult to breathe unless they have asthma.

If you are having COVID-19 issues don't go to the hospital, but call your doctor and ask first.