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COVID-19 or allergies? CDC Warns Allergy and Asthma Patients to Watch for Symptoms – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Should you be worried about this tickling in the throat or a sudden cough and sniffing?

If you have allergies, it is likely to be your problem, as the allergens in North Texas are clearly visible.

However, doctors say there is a specific group of allergic people who should pay close attention to their symptoms.

After days spent inside, the North Texans are ready to go out to get some fresh air.

Even if you keep a distance of six feet from others, you will not be able to avoid close contact with allergens.

“We have had so much rain. The trees are healthy. The grass is healthy, so we have a bit of everything right now. We have tree pollen, grass pollen, there is still pollen of cedar hanging and we have mold spores in the air so this is a very intense allergy season, “said Dr. Susan Bailey, allergist and immunologist at Fort Worth.

Bailey says that some allergy symptoms are different from COVID-19. These symptoms are sneezing, watery eyes and a runny nose.

Allergies and COVID-19 can cause coughing, wheezing and asthma flares, which is why it is important that people with allergies monitor their symptoms.

“If you have a fever, you feel very bad, you are really exposed and you develop a deep cough, it means it’s time to call your doctor,” said Bailey.

If you have asthma, the CDC says you may be at greater risk of getting really sick if you are infected with the new coronavirus.

The CDC has published new guidelines, warning asthma patients of the potential of COVID-19 leading to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.

Doctors, the best thing that asthma patients can do is stick to their medication.

“Take your asthma medication regularly to stay as good as possible, so you will be better equipped to fight the virus if you catch it,” said Bailey.

The CDC has released new guidelines for people with asthma:

  • Stock up on supplies (14 to 30 days)
  • Take steps to distance yourself from others (social distance, about 6 feet)
  • Avoid sick people, limit close contact and wash your hands often
  • Avoid the crowds as much as possible
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Clean and sanitize your home and car regularly
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