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Allergies, Cold, or Covid?

I’ve begun to have worsening symptoms the last two days. Today, I’m trying to tell what is going on with my sinuses. It has seemed like allergies, but I’m not sure. Is it allergies, a cold, or covid? I threw in the Covid question, because why not?


Whenever I start getting a stuffy nose, I always try to decide if I’m contagious. If it’s just allergies, I don’t mind being around other people. If it’s a cold, then I’m not wanting to spread the cold to other people. Colds are SO contagious!

I was around my grandchild, who had a cold all last week. So, I could have been exposed there. But, I’m also staying for an extended visit in a new state. I’m living on a farm with lots of trees that I’m allergic to. There’s also lots of hay and goldenrod in the field. I just happened to walk the dog near it.

Since I don’t have any fever or body aches, I’m leaning more toward allergies. I also have itchy eyes and throat, which points to allergies. My energy level is steady, so that’s another sign that it’s probably allergies.


But, I still don’t want to be around people. No one wants to be around a person who’s sniffling and blowing their nose all the time. I didn’t talk much about covid, but I definitely don’t have shortness of breath, much coughing, or fever.

This great chart from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology can make it easier to decide which category your symptoms may fall into.

Of course, this isn’t the same thing as a doctor’s advice. So, if you feel bad, you should check with your doctor. Only he can do appropriate diagnosis and testing to see what you may be dealing with.

If you do feel bad, and I hope you don’t, I certainly hope that you are better soon. No one wants to have allergies, a cold, or covid, especially since you already have a chronic illness to fight. Everyone take care of yourself and have a wonderful day!

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. Nothing I post is meant to be taken as medical advice, but is only my opinion. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

2 thoughts on “Allergies, Cold, or Covid?”

  1. That is a helpful chart! It can be so hard to know what’s up with our bodies especially when we are first coming down with something. Hope you are feeling better soon whatever the cause!

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