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Similarities and differences between hay fever and COVID-19 symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 are broad and new symptoms are being identified with each variant. Asymptomatic COVID-19 is common, especially among young people, one quarter of whom have hay fever. It is likely that the two conditions will coincide in some individuals, especially at this time of year during the peak grass pollen season which affects the majority of people with hay fever.

Table of common symptoms:

Delta Variant symptoms table

If you are unsure of your symptoms speak to a health professional and take COVID-19 precautions:

  • Wear a face mask when you are out and about
  • Dispose of tissues straight after use and wash your hands thoroughly
  • If you are at all concerned that your symptoms suggest COVID-19, self-isolate and book a test.

Tips for managing hay fever symptoms:

Use a daily long-acting non-sedating antihistamine. Nasal saline douching can help remove irritants and allergens from the nose. Aqueous steroid nasal spray etc, should dramatically reduce and control symptoms whereas COVID-19 symptoms cannot be alleviated this way.

More information can be found in our hay fever/allergic rhinitis Factsheet.

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