This is the time of year when germs, pollen, and viruses can cause sicknesses with many overlapping symptoms.
“Distinguishing between allergies, a cold, the flu or now, COVID-19, can be difficult,” said Dr. James Hubbs, Woodstown Primary Care. “But it’s very important for your health and the health of those around you to have the illness diagnosed and treated promptly.”
Here is a list of the differences between each seasonal illness’ symptoms:
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms:
Common – Itchy eyes, ears and mouth; nasal congestion; runny nose; sneezing; watery eyes; wheezing.
Other possible symptoms – Dry cough, headache and fatigue.
Sudden onset when exposed. Lasts as long as contact occurs.
Common – Nasal congestion; runny nose; sneezing; scratchy throat.
Other possible symptoms – Cough; headache; mild muscle aches; sore throat; fatigue.
Gradual onset two or three days after exposure. Lasts up to a week.
Common – Aches and pains; cough; fatigue; fever; headache.
Other possible symptoms – Nasal congestion; sore throat; vomiting; diarrhea.
Sudden onset. Lasts a week or longer
Common – Cough; fever; shortness of breath; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; recent loss of smell or taste; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea.
Gradual onset two to 14 days after exposure. Lasts a week or longer.
Contagious 24 to 48 hours before exhibiting symptoms.
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, call your primary care physician. If you need a primary care physician, visit smc.health and search the Physician Directory.