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By Dr Tanvi Tijoriwala – ND

Allergy season is here and since symptoms of allergies can resemble those of COVID-19, it might be hard to differentiate between the two.

 

In this article, we talk about the differentiating symptoms of seasonal allergies and COVID-19. We also talk about when to seek help and some natural solutions for seasonal allergies.

 

Is it allergies?

 

For those who experience seasonal allergies, you might be familiar with the classic triad that accompanies the condition. Seasonal allergies are often characterized by itchy eyes, itchy nose and sneezing. Some other symptoms that people with seasonal allergies experience are stuffy nose, congestion and a cough due to post-nasal drip.

 

Is it COVID-19?

One of the most prominent symptoms of COVID-19 is a dry cough. Since people with allergies also experience a cough, it may raise some alarm bells.

It is important to note the other symptoms of COVID-19 as well. These symptoms include loss of taste and smell, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and digestive symptoms.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to alert your medical professional and self-isolate.

 

Here is a chart from the American Association of Asthma, Allergies & Immunology that can help you identify your symptoms.

 

If you are unsure whether your symptoms are consistent with allergies or COVID-19, you can speak with your healthcare provider and look into additional testing.

 

Natural remedies for allergies

 

Quercetin:

Quercetin is an antioxidant and flavanol that has shown to be a powerful anti-allergy supplement. Quercetin prevents allergies by blocking the release of histamine in the body. Histamine is responsible for the characteristic allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and itchy nose.

 

Quercetin is found in foods such as onions, apples, shallots, broccoli and green peppers.

 

Nettle leaf tea:  Nettle leaf has been used medicinally in Asia and Egypt for centuries. Amongst its many medicinal properties, nettle tea has shown to reduce symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. It is best used in conjunction with other medications or supplements that treat allergies since it may not be useful on its own.

 

Spirulina: Spirulina is a type of green algae that has quickly become one of the most popular supplements in natural medicine. It is rich in nutrients like B vitamins, copper and iron. It also consists of 4 grams of protein per tablespoon.

Research studies have shown that spirulina significantly reduced symptoms of allergies such as itchiness, congestion, runny nose and post-nasal drip when compared to placebo. However, spirulina should not be used by someone suffering from auto-immune conditions as it has shown to boost the immune system.

 

Always speak to a licensed naturopathic doctor before taking any supplements.

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