Hay fever or Omicron: How to tell the difference

The birch allergy season is coming to an end and here comes the hay fever caused by the grass pollen wave. “We are beginning to see the arrival of patients who are very concerned, but this is just the beginning.explains family doctor Caroline Fortpied. This will increase, even if we were warned of a major peak on Monday in Brussels“It’s starting to get sunny, hot, dry and windy,”all the conditions for the pollen to be present and stagnant in the air“.

Result: rhinitis, ie stuffy and runny nose; more or less severe conjunctivitis with red, watery, itchy and itchy eyes and regular sneezing. “The most sensitive are also affected by a dry and dry cough during the day. Of course, these symptoms are amplified when you are in the garden, when you mow the grass: the cough can intensify and lead to bronchial sensitization.e,” the general practitioner continued.

In people with asthma, this can lead to seizures and difficulty breathing..” Don’t forget your turn!

With all this, a feeling of fatigue can set in and questions can arise. What if it’s Covid? Doctor Fortpied reassured: “If you’re catching a cold with a dry cough and you know you have an allergy, don’t worry too much. What you need to be vigilant about is the temperature and body aches, which are symptoms of Covid and not allergic rhinitis. These are noticeable through watery eyes and sneezing. Which are exclusive to allergy sufferers.”

Recommendation from Dr. Meulemans: “Take an anti-isthamine if you suffer from allergies, it will completely relieve your discomfort. In the event of an allergy in addition to a covid, the relief will not really be there..”

When there is doubt, persistent fatigue, a feeling of really losing taste and smell, “A self-test, even if it’s not 100% reliable, is still a good indicatordrives Dr. Fortpied. And of course you can contact your doctor who can prescribe a test..”

Finally, Caroline Fortpied warns that we are at the beginning of the season and that the main peaks will be reached in June and July. The pollen season is getting longer and longer. Desensitization, also called allergen immunotherapy, with an otolaryngologist can be an effective solution for those most affected.

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