As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s normal to wonder about your health, especially if you’re experiencing respiratory symptoms. However, many COVID-19 symptoms are similar to seasonal allergies. If you’re not feeling well, here’s a look at the differences between these conditions and how they impact the immune system.

Symptom Guide: COVID-19 vs. Seasonal Allergies

What Symptoms Do Both Conditions Share?

COVID-19 occurs following exposure to an airborne virus, known as the novel coronavirus. Seasonal allergies occur after exposure to pollen in the air.

Both conditions can trigger an immune response that causes respiratory inflammation. This inflammation may lead to coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat, and congestion. Individuals affected by either condition may also develop fatigue and headache.

What Symptoms Are Unique to COVID-19?

immune systemIf you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s essential to look for additional signs that you may be dealing with COVID-19 instead of seasonal allergies.

COVID-19 is often accompanied by a fever, whereas allergies are not. Unlike allergies, this illness may also cause aches, loss of taste and smell, and digestive distress such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

What Symptoms Are Unique to Seasonal Allergies?

When you have seasonal allergies, your body incorrectly recognizes pollen as germs. This immune system response results in the production of histamines—a natural chemical that triggers itchy and watering eyes, skin irritation, and sneezing. These symptoms tend to fade when you’re in a space with better air quality and may get worse when you’re outside.

How Can I Get a Diagnosis?  

Tracking and comparing your symptoms can determine if you’re dealing with COVID-19 or seasonal allergies. However, the only way to be sure is to call a trusted health care provider for diagnostic recommendations.

If your symptoms suggest seasonal allergies, an allergist can provide testing. If your symptoms are more aligned with COVID-19, you should visit the nearest COVID-19 testing site.


When seasonal allergies disrupt your quality of life, Integrative Medicine of New York, PLLC in Garden City, NY, can help. Specializing in immune system disorders, this team can pinpoint allergies and refine your treatment to target the source of the problem. They also provide customized preventive medicine services that can help boost your immune health by changing your diet or managing chronic stress. Visit this clinic online to learn more about these comprehensive capabilities, or call (516) 759-4200 to schedule a convenient consultation.