If you’re experiencing a scratchy throat or watery eyes right now, you’re not alone. Nebraska has entered the height of its pollen season and will see a big spike in tree pollen over the next couple of weeks.
Along with allergies come nasal congestion, itchy, watery eyes and a sore throat, which should not be confused with symptoms of COVID-19.
“With allergies, you don’t get a fever, and you typically don’t get this lung shortness of breath and cough,” Dr. Jill Poole of the University of Nebraska Medical Center said. “You more typically have upper respiratory symptoms – those nose, the eyes and the throat.”
People who wake up with a sore, itchy throat, or other allergy symptoms, Poole said, should try over-the-counter antihistamines first – like Claritin or Allegra.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough, according to the CDC.
For people with allergic asthma, Poole suggests contacting your doctor to make sure you are stocked up on medications and nail down details of how to treat it.