Be careful not to confuse the symptoms of allergies with those of COVID-19

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Be careful not to confuse the symptoms of allergies with those of COVID-19





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Three seasons of allergies exist in Quebec. We are currently in the pellet allergy season (archives).


Although they may be similar, the symptoms of COVID-19 should not be confused with those of seasonal allergies.

The symptoms of allergies are not similar to those of COVID-19, specifies Jean-Nicolas Boursiquot, allergist at the University Hospital Center (CHU) of Quebec.

«Patients with seasonal allergies will report nasal congestion and discharge, but they will not actually have a fever and will not see a change in their general condition“, He explains.

Conversely, “COVID-19 patients will rather complain of breathing difficulties and there will be fever“Recalls Dr. Boursiquot.

The allergist indicates that the symptoms of seasonal allergies are recurrent in nature and the patients who suffer from them are necessarily used to them. They can easily recognize their symptoms and differentiate them.


In Quebec, about 25% of the population suffers from seasonal allergies, according to Dr. Boursiquot.


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In Quebec, about 25% of the population suffers from seasonal allergies, according to Dr. Boursiquot.


For worried parents whose children attend daycare, Dr. Boursiquot recommends observing the signs of fever before taking them back.

«Runny nose is not a very common symptom of COVID-19. On the other hand, if the child’s temperature is high, the child must be removed from the childcare center.“He says. “Even if it’s not the coronavirus, it can be another infection that can be passed on to other children. It is a fairly safe marker to distinguish those with active infection from those who may have seasonal allergies“Says Dr. Jean-Nicolas Boursiquot.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), for its part, suggests that parents whose children have symptoms of allergies obtain, if necessary, a medical diagnosis that confirms their child’s allergies and the register in your daycare file.

Prevent symptoms

The doctor specializing in allergies also mentions that people who suffer from seasonal allergies are no more at risk of contracting the virus or of having symptoms aggravated by their allergies. “We should not worry if we respect a certain distance“, He reassures.


 The seasonal allergy season inconveniences one in four people in Quebec (archives).


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The seasonal allergy season inconveniences one in four people in Quebec (archives).


Everyone with allergy symptoms, however, should be careful when sneezing or blowing their nose, for example. “Imagine someone unlucky who has both seasonal allergy and also coronavirus … sneezing or spitting could spread the virus further“Says Dr. Boursiquot.

The medical specialist strongly recommends keeping your distance and washing your hands regularly.

In addition, during the beautiful summer days, the pollen level is higher in the environment, he indicates.

«After a rainy day, the rain adheres to the pollen grains which become heavier and eventually fall to the ground. There is less chance of breathing themExplains the allergist. Thus, when precipitation is scarce, this can explain the appearance of more severe symptoms in some.

A frequent health problem

Provincially, one in four people suffer from seasonal allergies. In Quebec, there are three main seasons of allergies.

In spring, Quebecers show symptoms of allergies related to tree pollen, especially birch.

In summer, allergies to pellets appear, allergies to hay, lawn or lawn. At the time, these allergies were known as “hay fever».


The goldenrod, one of the most common honey plants in North America (archives).


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The goldenrod, one of the most common honey plants in North America (archives).


Around September and October, weed allergies show up. For example, in regions near the river, people may suffer from allergies due to the goldenrod or sagebrush.

Allergist Jean-Nicolas Boursiquot recommends closing your windows to prevent pollen from getting inside and also suggests avoiding drying clothes on the clothesline, since pollen sticks to fabrics.

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