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How to know the difference between allergies, asthma, and COVID-19

Florida is known for its spectacular weather, which also means a longer allergy season. 

It can be challenging for those who have both allergies and asthma to understand what is triggering the symptoms. With COVID, it is even more challenging to self-diagnose at home. Is it allergies? Asthma? COVID? A combination?

Most often, allergies trigger asthma symptoms. COVID symptoms are usually noted early on and may worsen as the illness progresses. Knowing the key differences between the three can help you determine what symptoms you are experiencing and the root cause. 

This article will address the differences between allergies, asthma, and COVID-19 to help you understand the symptoms you are experiencing. You can then make the best decision as to when it is time to seek help at urgent care or through telemedicine urgent care

The difference between allergies and COVID-19

Both COVID-19 and allergies often start with a dry cough. If you usually experience allergies, you may be unsure if it is COVID. Also, with both, you may notice you have a mild sore throat, runny nose, or sneezing. 

The most important difference is if you are running a fever. 

Fevers are prevalent in patients with COVID. Patients with allergies do not run fevers. Allergies are also unlikely to cause other symptoms that are experienced with COVID, including: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle Aches


Asthma and COVID-19

Many asthma patients know the signs when they have an asthma attack. Asthma and COVID-10 can also share similar symptoms, such as a dry cough, shortness of breath, or wheezing. However, since the outbreak of COVID-19, it isn’t unusual to question if some of these symptoms may be caused by the virus rather than an asthma attack. 

Again, a fever is the best way to identify the difference between an asthma attack and COVID-19. It is easy to get rapid covid testing from an urgent care to get a correct diagnosis if you are unsure. 

Preventing COVID-19

If you have asthma, it is even more important you protect yourself against the virus by getting vaccinated. If you have had the initial vaccination and are eligible for booster vaccination, make sure you receive your booster vaccine. 

Patients with respiratory conditions are especially at risk of becoming more ill from the COVID-19 virus, so prevention is critical. 

If you are having symptoms, you will only know for sure by having a COVID-19 test, either PCR testing or the Antigen COVID test. We offer both at Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches. 

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If you have any respiratory concerns, our urgent care is here to serve you

Whether it is a treatment for your allergies, asthma, or if you need COVID testing in Palm Beach, we can help you get the proper diagnosis to get the best treatment plan started. 

We offer COVID 19 testing at the following locations: 

Do not hesitate to visit one of our centers today, as walk-ins are always welcome, or make an appointment. We look forward to assisting you in your healthcare needs! 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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