Seasonal Allergies and COVID-19
Some symptoms of seasonal allergies may be similar to symptoms of COVID-19, like cough, runny nose, tiredness(fatigue), sore throats, congestion, etc. Itchy, red, watery, swollen eyes, under eye dark circles, sneezing, itchy ears are symptoms not usually consistent with COVID-19.
It is difficult to know if a cough (or other symptoms that we would exclude for) are due to seasonal allergies or to possible COVID-19 infection. You may receive a call from the health office if your child is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19. We cannot accept a diagnosis of “allergies” without also having a negative COVID-19 test. Once it is established that a child is having usual, normal symptoms related to their seasonal allergies, they may remain in school. Any change from the child’s baseline symptoms would need to be reevaluated by your physician.
If your child has seasonal allergies or asthma, you may consider contacting your physician for advice on possible treatments or medications to keep these symptoms under control.
Starting medication early (at least one week before the specific season starts) and continuing to take the medication as directed (until the specific season subsides) can help provide relief from symptoms.
There are a few simple things you can do to help your allergy sufferer:
Close windows on days when the pollen counts are high and/or it is windy. Have child sit away from open windows.
Send your child to school with soft tissues if he/she has a runny nose.
Remind your child about frequent hand washing.
Wear a hat and sunglasses outside.
Wash face and hands after playing outside. Change clothes. Shower before bed.
Bring an extra mask, to change if necessary.