Worried about COVID-19? … it could be allergies
The symptoms of COVID-19 are well published: fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have a fever and these other symptoms, then you should contact the El Paso County Health Department for more guidance (719) 985-7189. The website www.cdc.gov has great coverage and guidance as well.
If you DO NOT have a fever and you still have a lot of Upper Respiratory Symptoms then you should give us a call. Asthma & Allergy Associates, PC has been taking care of the Southern Colorado community for more than 50 years. Allergy symptoms are runny nose, congestion, post-nasal drip and these can lead to a cough. Allergy symptoms are sneezing, itchy eyes and sometimes itchy skin.
If allergy symptoms are not controlled, then many people don’t sleep well and this can lead to fatigue. If you are using the wrong allergy medicines and some over the counter meds, they can have adverse effects also.
Currently, the tree pollens are floating around at high levels. These pollens activate your immune system and you can have severe allergy symptoms. You may feel sick like you have the flu, or worse. But if you don’t have a fever then it could be your allergies acting up. In Texas the Cedar Tree pollen levels get so high that they call the symptoms, ‘Cedar Fever.’
If you are experiencing allergy symptoms and don’t have a fever, then consider coming to Asthma & Allergy Associates for a complete evaluation of allergy triggers. Allergy triggers include tree, grass and weed pollens, cat and dog dander, dust and molds. We can perform a simple test to help you understand what your triggers are. We can outline a care plan that will help control these symptoms.
COVID-19 information and guidelines for our asthma and COPD patients:
- Do NOT stop your inhaled medications – if you are on inhaled steroids, stay on them!
- Make sure you have adequate, non-expired rescue inhaler
- Wash your hands frequently
- Keep away from others that may be sick
- Make sure to keep your other conditions controlled such as allergies and acid reflux
- We are still open and providing care for our patients!
- See below link for some helpful information on asthma and telling the difference between allergies, the common cold, the flu and the coronavirus: