Symptoms of allergy to pollen, a cold or covid

Sneezing, itching, congestion, runny nose, nasal obstruction… it is the welcome pack for the season of pollen allergy, a time of the year in which citizens sensitive to allergic reactions go through a true viacrucis in each exit to the street, although Holy Week is already behind us. However, in recent years a giant doubt is planned with the combined attack of these small difficulties for everyday life: Could it be symptoms of coronavirus? Flu? A simple cold?

The unknowns pile up and you have to clear them up. Obviously, the prevalence of allergy is the most natural option. Especially since the origin is multiple, as are its manifestations. From March the plants begin to release their pollen and allergies to these more or less microscopic granules, produced by seed-bearing plants, are very common in Spain because the prevailing Mediterranean climate in much of the peninsula favors the phenomenon.

Pollinosis or pollen allergy is a disease caused by a reaction against different types of pollen that are present in the air, and enter the body through exposed mucous membranes; This generates difficulties for respiratory processes in the form of conditions such as rhinitis or asthma.

Pollen allergy symptoms

Anyone is susceptible to developing this type of allergy. These are the most common symptoms of this reaction that can affect different organs:

  • Nose: produces inflammation, characterized by sneezing, itching, congestion, discharge and nasal obstruction.
  • Eyes: conjunctivitis.
  • itching of ears.
  • itching of throat.
  • itching of palate.
  • Asma: In 40% of cases, pollen allergy can cause asthma, so it can affect the lungs and cause coughing, shortness of breath, a feeling of chest tightness and even ringing in the chest.

Symptoms of the omicron variant, predominant in Spain

The pandemic does not let up and SARS-CoV-2 infections have experienced a rebound in recent weeks, taking the existence of a seventh wave in the country -eighth in Aragon-. The highly contagious nature of the silent variant of ómicron (BA.2) and the subsequent appearance of the XE subvariant (a mixture of BA.1 and BA.2) has triggered infections. As early symptoms of the infection, extreme fatigue with muscle pain and fainting in the form of small syncopes appear.

  • Soft spot
  • the headaches
  • Throat pain
  • Muscle pain
  • loss of appetite
  • Diarrheal episodes
  • Unusual elevation of heart rate
  • Aphonia
  • Tos
  • Runny nose
  • sneezing
  • High fever
  • In some cases, loss of smell and taste.

The symptoms of omicron, flu, flu or cold

Those infected by omicron usually have a sore throat, nasal congestion, dry cough and muscle pain, in addition to excessive mucus and gastrointestinal problems. As for the common cold, which usually comes from a rhinovirus, it differs from the flu in terms of symptoms in that the latter it starts more intensely, with a stuffy nose and sore throat, followed by fever, fatigue and muscle aches, symptoms it shares with covid; The basic difference is that in covid the symptoms appear in a more progressive way, and with a tendency to worsen, unlike what happens with the flu after the third day of illness. The cold does not usually carry a fever.