If you've found yourself wondering if you have heightened allergies or COVID, you're not alone. Florida just had some wild weather, thanks to the Saharan Dust Cloud that passed over us. As a result, there's a lot of sneezing going around in the sunshine state.
This article takes a look at some reasons you might have heightened allergies as a Floridian, as well as how to tell the difference between some seasonal sniffles and COVID-19.
If you're sneezing, you're not alone.
If you're sneezing, you're not alone. There's a lot going on in Florida right now to cause a case of the sniffles.
First of all, the Saharan Dust Cloud just passed through the state last week. This big ball of dust caused up quite a stir. The dust cloud could definitely irritate your allergies, according to multiple medical professionals.
One allergist, Dr. Meadows, commented on why the Saharan dust is so irritating.
"The tiny dust particles contained in the plume will cause eye, nose and throat irritation for anyone who comes in their path, but particularly for allergy and asthma sufferers."
Also, because it's not local dust, our bodies can recognize it as foreign, which triggers a stronger immune response to the dust, meaning more sniffles.
"Because Saharan dust includes a type of sand not found in our area, it can trigger your immune system to react with symptoms typical of springtime allergies."
Also, Florida is in full bloom! Whereas this time of year is lovely for admiring mother nature and sunbathing, this is one of the worst times of year for allergies because of one thing in particular: pollen. Pollen is super common in Florida summertime, and the heightened pollen levels this time of year can definitely make a sneeze or two.
Then, of course, there is COVID. COVID can have some cold/flu-like symptoms since it is a respiratory virus. If you have a mild case, then you might actually mistake it for allergies.
Is it Allergies or COVID?
So, how can we tell if it's allergies or COVID? According to Mayo Clinic, there are a few key differences to keep an eye out for.
One of the main differences is fever. Fevers are rarely present for allergies but usually present for COVID. Another key difference is muscle aches. Allergies very rarely result in muscle aches, whereas with COVID-19, it is common to have muscle aches and fatigue.
Of course, there's only one way to know for sure, and that's to see your doctor and get COVID tested. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, then definitely seek the help of a medical professional.
If you're feeling unwell, then feel better soon!
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