Learn how to tell the difference between common allergy symptoms and signs of COVID-19 in children
More than 6 million children in the U.S. are affected by seasonal allergies or hay fever, and allergy symptoms can spike when pollen counts are high. But during the pandemic, how can parents tell if their child's sniffle or sore throat is simply pollen-related or if it could be a sign of COVID-19?
"Symptoms of allergies and mild COVID-19 infections can be similar, and it can be hard to distinguish between the two without testing," says Jeffrey Chambliss, M.D., Pediatric Allergist at Children's Health℠ and Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern. "If you have any concerns about your child's symptoms or if you suspect your child could have been exposed to COVID-19, it's best to contact your pediatrician."
Learn more about the common symptoms of seasonal allergies and COVID-19, the differences between the two and the best ways to manage your child's allergies during the pandemic.