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Is It Allergies or Coronavirus? What is the difference?

Everybody is concerned whether or not they are infected with the coronavirus. If you have shown symptoms of any sort of sickness recently, you can generally determine whether it is coronavirus, or a simple allergic reaction. With winter about to arrive, you’re bound to run into some sort of symptoms eventually. Here’s the facts on allergy vs coronavirus symptoms, and how to stay safe.


With winter fast approaching, you’re more likely to start encountering allergies with the change in weather. Although it’s not just the cold that can cause allergies. Typically with the cold, you tend to stay indoors more to keep warm. If you have indoor allergies such as mold and dust mites, then you may link it to winter, but it could result from staying indoors. 

If you have a heater or fireplace and begin using it without properly cleaning it first, it could emit dust, mould and insect parts into the sair, triggering some common responses that include:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes, nose, throat
  • Sneezing
  • Mild coughing
  • Watery eyes

Hayfever and allergies do not typically come with fever, aches and pains. Allergies can linger from a few days to months depending on your exposure. If symptoms persist for longer than they should, look for hay fever or allergic rhinitis treatment from your local allergy doctor in Sydney. They can provide an allergy management service best suited for your needs. If you’re thinking, these sound similar to the cold or flu, what’s the difference? Let us explain.


With a cold, you’ll typically feel a bit worse than from allergies alone, but less severe than the flu. Colds can slowly build up and worsen overtime, beginning with a sore throat and reaching headaches and lethargy in its prime. Most over-the-counter medications are effective at combating a cold, and speeding up the recovery time. Symptoms include:

  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Sore, itchy or dry throat
  • Aches and pains
  • Mild cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing

A cold will typically last around 7 – 10 days. If symptoms become more severe, or last longer than this time frame, talk to your doctor.


Influenza (The Flu) hits hard if you become infected. It’s one of the most common respiratory virus infections that seasonally come and go. It generally lasts for a week, and typical over-the-counter medication can only help lessen symptoms. Its symptoms include:

  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue/Lethargy
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever and/or chills

With the flu, prevention is the best cure. Keep on top of yearly flu shots. Those who still get infected with the flu shot typically have less severe symptoms. Stay home, keep fluids up and keep well rested.


In today’s terms, Coronavirus is referred to COVID-19. This is a new strain of coronavirus that has quickly spread worldwide. While some other strains of coronavirus are fairly common and only cause mild symptoms, COVID-19 can cause severe complications in people with existing health and breathing conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease and heart disease. Coronavirus symptoms include:

  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Fever and/or chills

If you are concerned about possibly being infected with COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. For the best professional medical assistance, talk to Dr. Peter Dobie today.

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