Seasonal Allergies? A Cold? COVID-19? Something Else?
This is going to be an allergy season like no other, as every sneeze, sniffle and cough will spark concern. Our best advice is to try not to panic. There can be several explanations for a cough that might have nothing to do with the coronavirus outbreak at all.
During this time of the year, flu, the common cold, and seasonal allergies cause respiratory distress. And now, with us spending so much time indoors, there can be allergens – like mold – that can be causing runny noses and coughs.
Here are a few things to consider about your symptoms.
Check for a Fever
If you are running a fever, this pretty much rules out allergies. But the fever might be caused by the flu, a virus, a cold or something else.
Seasonal Allergies or Cold
Doctors note that cold is not usually associated with itchy eyes, so if your eyes are red and irritated, you may be allergic to pollen or an allergen like mold. If you have a cough with no fever, it likely doesn’t mean that you’ve contracted the coronavirus. Check with your physician if in doubt.
Is it a Mold Allergy?
If you are having respiratory issues and other symptoms when you are in one location that clear up when you move elsewhere, it’s a good sign that you have a mold allergy. Signs of a mold allergy and symptoms of mold exposure include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
- Cough and postnasal drip
- Watery eyes
If your allergy symptoms do occur in one place more than another, you may want to have the location tested for mold. RTK safely performs mold testing, as it is regarded as an essential service. Additionally, RTK is performing COVID-19 Surface Testing to ensure cleanup of the virus has been performed successfully. Call us at 800.392.6468 to schedule a test or if you have any questions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report on coronavirus symptoms. It found that almost 90% of COVID-19 patients had a fever, and nearly 70% had a dry cough. Additional symptoms of coronavirus have included:
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste and smell
- Body aches
- Sore throat
The bottom line is, when in doubt, check with your physician. If you believe you have a mold problem, or would like COVID-19 surface testing, call RTK at 800.392.6468.