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A Caucasian woman shrugging shoulders and holding palms up with text "Virus? Allergies?"

Good news! Spring has arrived and typically brings warmer temperatures, longer days, and the start of something miserable for many Americans: allergy season. With everyone already on edge about COVID-19, those with seasonal allergies may have a tougher time distinguishing allergy symptoms from a possible virus infection.

Covid-19 Symptoms:
• Fever
• Cough
• Tiredness
• Difficulty breathing
• Shortness of breath

Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies every year. Allergies occur when the immune system misidentifies harmless allergens as an invading substance and tries to fight them off. Symptoms of allergies can include:
• Runny nose
• Watery eyes
• Sneezing
• Coughing
• Itchy eyes and nose
• Lack of fever

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no vaccine in place to prevent COVID-19. The CDC says the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid exposure by practicing social distancing and washing hands frequently with soap and water.

The best way to control seasonal allergy symptoms is to avoid triggers, such as cut grasses pollen, pet dander, etc. According to the National Institutes of Health, mild symptoms from allergies can be reduced with over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants.

Aspen Healthcare serves the Dallas/Fort Worth Area as a premier provider of home health care, hospice, respiratory therapy, personal assistance, and private duty nursing. At Aspen, we are dedicated to our patients and pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. We care for your family as you would. Call us today at (972) 316-2035.