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Allergist Reveals The Difference Between Viruses and Allergies

Spring is officially here. It’s time to say hello to lush green grass, flowers in bloom, leaves on trees and SPRING ALLERGIES! That mean many people will deal with the sneezing, coughing, runny noses and red/watery eyes triggered by allergies. Nationally-recognized allergist, Dr. Tania Elliott believes it is important to know the difference between the novel coronavirus and allergy symptoms. She says usual signs for allergies are congestion and sneezing, while viruses usually bring on a fever. A good rule of thumb… allergies cause upper respiratory congestion while viruses cause lower respiratory congestion.

Experts warn that our mild winter could mean a bad allergy season. In fact, Dr. Tania Elliott, told The Daily Buzz, “This allergy season is probably going to last longer and be a little bit heftier, even than it was last year.”
Dr. Elliott says the eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of the body. When we are thinking about allergies our eyes are often overlooked. Truth is – nearly 66 million (1 in 5) Americans suffer from eye allergies. Don’t let those dreaded itchy eye allergies take you out this season! Dr. Elliot suggests treating the source and protecting your eyes. How?

Consider protecting your eyes even on a cloudy day. Dr. Elliot says pollen counts are at their highest after a rainy day. She told us, oral antihistamines or nasal sprays are fine, as they help subdue allergy symptoms, but our eyes need a little more TLC. That’s where an antihistamine eye drop comes in. In the past, eye allergy suffers had to rely on prescription eye drops. The FDA has now approved the first, and only, daily eye itch allergy relief drop, Pataday. It is available over-the-counter, without a prescription.

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