Is It Allergy, COVID, Flu, or Cold? At TryMagenta, we help you recognize your symptoms, so you know how to care for yourself.
You’re not mad. Understand the differences between allergy, COVID, flu, and cold to live life again!
WHAT CAUSES AN ALLERGY, COVID, FLU, OR COLD?
Is it an allergy? Could it be COVID if you’re vaccinated? The flu? A cold?
All these respiratory illnesses can have similar symptoms. Know that viruses, bacteria, fungi, and environmental factors are guilty as charged.
HOW DOES AN ALLERGY, COVID, FLU, OR COLD SPREAD OUT?
Germs are everywhere! Ok, but without sounding too dramatic, they are actually among us, like fungus. Check where they hang out:
Viruses: The common cold, influenza (flu), and coronavirus infections are all caused by viruses. They spread through contact with an infected person’s saliva, mucus, or other bodily fluids.
If you touch a contaminated surface and then your mouth or nose, you’re SOL.
Bacteria: Bacterial infections can also cause respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and whooping cough.
Bacteria can be spread through the air, contact with infected fluids, or contact with contaminated surfaces.
Fungi: Fungal infections such as histoplasmosis and aspergillosis can also cause respiratory infections, especially in people with weakened immune systems.
Fungi can be found in soil, bird droppings, and other environmental sources.
Environmental factors: Respiratory infections can also be caused by environmental factors such as pollution, smoking, and allergens.
These factors can irritate the respiratory system and make it more susceptible to infection.
Make sure to practice good hygiene: washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing can help!
- Caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It can cause severe respiratory illness and can lead to hospitalization or death.
- Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, headache, muscle or body aches, sore throat, and congestion or runny nose.
- COVID-19 is highly contagious and can be transmitted through respiratory droplets or close contact with an infected person.
- Caused by the influenza virus. Same. It can cause severe respiratory illness and can lead to hospitalization or death. (Get your vaccines!).
- Symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, runny (or stuffy nose), body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.
- Flu is contagious and can be transmitted through respiratory droplets or close contact with an infected person.
From: Is it COVID-19 or Something Else? Credit: Corewell Health
- Caused by various viruses such as rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. Mild by nature. Do not cause severe illness.
- Symptoms include sneezing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, cough, mild fever, headache, and body aches.
- Colds are contagious and can be transmitted through respiratory droplets or close contact with an infected person.
- Caused by an overactive immune response to allergens such as pollen, dust, or pet dander.
- Symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, skin rash or hives.
- Allergies are not contagious.
If you are experiencing any symptoms, seek medical advice to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.
SPECIAL REPORT: ALLERGY IN WONDERLAND
Are you entirely bonkers? Allergies can make you think so!
While it’s crucial to understand the difference between an allergy, COVID, flu, or cold, don’t overlook allergies. It’s surprising how many allergens live with you, in your house, rent-free!
After reading this report, you may become germaphobic! There are two types of mad allergies: outdoor and indoor.
The most common outdoor allergies are caused by pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. Some common outdoor allergens include:
- Tree pollen: Trees such as oak, birch, maple, and cedar can produce pollen.
- Grass pollen: Different types of grasses, including Bermuda, Timothy, and Ryegrass.
- Weed pollen: Weeds such as ragweed, sagebrush, and pigweed can produce pollen.
- Mold spores: Mold spores can be found outdoors in soil, plant debris, and decaying matter.?
Outdoor allergies can cause symptoms such as sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, and skin rash or hives.
Avoiding exposure to allergens, using over-the-counter medications, or receiving allergy shots (immunotherapy) can help manage outdoor allergies.
The most common indoor allergies are caused by substances found in indoor environments, such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, and cockroach droppings.
Some common indoor allergens include:
- Dust mites: Microscopic organisms that feed from human skin cells. Dust mites are one of the main common causes of allergic reactions.
- Pet dander: Tiny flakes of skin shed by cats, dogs, and other animals.
- Mold: Can grow in damp areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
- Cockroach droppings: Cockroaches produce droppings (ew!) that can trigger allergic reactions.
Indoor allergies can cause symptoms such as sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, and skin rash or hives.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of allergies, it is important to seek medical advice to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.
- Avoiding exposure to allergens, using over-the-counter medications, or receiving allergy shots (immunotherapy) can help manage indoor allergies.
- Keeping your indoor environment clean and dry, using air purifiers, and vacuuming frequently can also help reduce exposure to indoor allergens.
In this article, you learned the difference between having an allergy, COVID, flu, or cold. The symptoms are so similar you may self-diagnose and miss the whole point of taking the right wellness measures.
If you’re vaccinated against every possible thing and still feel low, it may be allergies! Don’t feel grossed out, but cockroaches (ew)!) and dust mites that feed on human skin cells (double ew!) can cause you allergies too!
Some recommendations for you:
- Keep your house clean
- Stay healthy! (TryMagenta can help!)
- Be alert if you experience any symptoms of allergy, COVID, flu, or cold. Seek treatment if necessary. We need you healthy!