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Respiratory allergies or COVID-19: how to distinguish?

With the return of the good weather, pollen allergies are once again making an appearance. In this pandemic period, the symptoms are often confused with those of COVID-19. So how can we tell the difference between these allergies and COVID-19? Should allergic people adapt their treatment because of the pandemic? We explain everything in this article !

How do the symptoms of COVID-19 differ from the symptoms of respiratory allergies?

What are the symptoms of respiratory allergies?

Allergies manifest themselves as watery eyes, runny nose and dry cough. The symptoms of these seasonal allergies tend to be worse and more severe when you are outdoors because you are in contact with these allergens.

What are the differences between respiratory allergies and COVID-19?

An infection with COVID-19 can lead to symptoms that are not found in the case of an allergy. According to Dr Albanne Branellec, an allergist in Paris, the flu syndrome is one of the symptoms of the new coronavirus, with aches, pains and fever. In fact, fever is a sign of infection, while allergy causes fatigue but never fever or muscle pain. Moreover, in the case of COVID-19 infection, there is usually a constant worsening of these symptoms, whether indoors or outdoors.

Are people with respiratory allergies more sensitive to COVID-19 than others?

While people with a weakened immune system are at higher risk of severe COVID-19, people with allergies do not have a weakened immune system. Their allergies are in fact an overreaction of the immune system. That said, some people with some degree of asthma tend to be in a higher risk group for viral infections, especially if the asthma is not well managed.

Should allergic/asthmatic patients adapt their treatment due to the pandemic?

According to the Ministry of Health and the Asthma and Allergies organisation, it is advisable to continue with your usual background treatment. In these times of health crisis, it is important to manage your allergies/asthma well so as not to overload hospitals.

Do inhalers spread the virus even more? Can they be contaminated?

Barrier actions and recommendations

Inhalers deliver doses of medication directly into the airways of a person with asthma or respiratory allergies. Inhalers are safe to use and should be used when needed, whether you are at home or away. whether you are at home or away from home. However, if you must use inhalers, it is always very important to give extra distance when you are near other people.

The French Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics specifies that inhalers are strictly personal. They should be clean and kept in a safe place. If your family members have asthma and are using the same treatments, it is recommended that you do not share them with them to limit the risk of contamination. Respecting barrier measures is the best way to protect yourself from the virus.

Using an air purifier as a barrier

Our TEQOYA air purifiers are complementary to barrier actions. Air ionisation technology reduces the risk of airborne infections, as well as reducing the density of many particles in the air. TEQOYA air purifiers also neutralise up to 99% of the allergens (dust mites, pollens, mould spores) that cause your allergies and relieve your asthma attacks.

Any advice for people with pollen allergies?

Spring has officially arrived, the days are getting longer and the sun is coming out. It's time for some spring cleaning! Cleaning your home regularly helps to eliminate allergens such as pollen, dust and dust mites and relieves your symptoms. But this time of year is also the time for a thorough cleaning. See more tips on avoiding and protecting yourself from pollen.


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