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Allergy season during COVID19: What you need to know

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As allergy season hits in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, allergists say there are some things you should be aware of/ Photo: Memorial Healthcare{ }

OWOSSO, Mich. - As allergy season hits in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, allergists say there are some things you should be aware of.

Dr. Hasan Nasir, an allergist at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, says it can be easy to confuse the symptoms of allergies and COVID19.

"The first symptoms of COVID, you're going to experience things like fever, chills, shortness of breath," said Nasir. "Seasonal allergies are more headache, congestion, stuffy nose and runny nose."

The one symptom that could confuse people, he says, is chest tightness and coughing. Nasir says it's prevalent in both conditions.

If you're experiencing those symptoms, Nasir suggests getting checked out by doctor to figure out exactly what it is.

Moreover, untreated seasonal allergies can develop into asthma.

"One of the biggest causes of asthma is seasonal allergies," said Dr. Nadir. "The post nasal drip, the mucus draining can actually get into the lungs and cause inflammation, and inflammation of the lungs is the definition of asthma. "

According to the CDC, asthma may put you at a higher sick of getting more sick from COVID19.

Hassan says it's always best to find out specifically what you're allergic to, because a lot of times there are preventative measures you can take, instead of turning to medication.