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Seasonal Allergies or COVID-19?

By Health Services Director Amy Ruff

Springtime in Walla Walla is a beautiful time of year. Unfortunately, in addition to warm weather and budding plants...pollen counts rise and seasonal allergy sufferers...suffer.

This year, in addition to the start of seasonal allergies, we continue to monitor symptoms for possible COVID-19 cases. How do you know which is which? 

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. Sometimes, obtaining a COVID-19 test is the best way to determine if your symptoms are COVID-19, or something else. Your doctor’s office can help you decide what is best. Walla Walla Public Schools also offers COVID-19 testing for staff and students. Call your  school and speak to a member of the health staff if you have questions. 

Managing seasonal allergies is as much about avoidance as it is treatment.

  • Keep doors and windows closed to keep pollen out!
  • Change clothes after exposure, especially when it’s windy
  • Shower before bed to remove pollen from your hair and skin
  • Use allergy filters in your home, and change them regularly
  • Monitor pollen levels in the community daily, and plan activities accordingly
  • Over the counter allergy medications are available, and work well if used regularly

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