What are allergy symptoms?
Allergy symptoms can affect the nose, sinuses and lungs. These symptoms can present with itchy, watery eyes; runny nose; sneezing; nasal congestion; postnasal drip; coughing; wheezing; and shortness of breath.
How do allergy symptoms compare to COVID-19 symptoms?
Some of these allergy symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath and some wheezing, overlap with COVID-19 symptoms. Fatigue is also common in allergy and COVID-19, as is headache. However, with COVID-19, a lot of times people will have fever, loss of sense of smell or taste, muscle aches, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea, which are not seen with allergies.
With allergies, what happens is the immune system decides to see harmless substances, such as pet dander, pollen or dust, as foreign. So it starts to manifest an immune response to these allergens.
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