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Allergies, COVID-19, the flu: What's causing my symptoms?

Spring allergies have returned and as your eyes water and nose runs, you might be worried about the cause of your symptoms.

INDIANAPOLIS — Spring allergies have returned and as your eyes water and nose runs, you might be worried about the cause of your symptoms.

Are these seasonal allergies, flu or COVID-19?

Dr. Steve Samuels, an internal medicine physician with Franciscan Health, said there is an overlap of symptoms, but also some key distinctions.

So here is a checklist for you:

Allergies

  • Runny Nose
  • Watery Itchy Eyes
  • Occasional Dry Cough
  • No Fever

COVID-19

  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of Smell
  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Body Aches
  • Pinkeye

Flu

  • High Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Less Shortness of Breath
  • No sore throat
  • Muscle Pain

Asthmatic Bronchitis

  • Cough with Mucous
  • Wheezy Shortness of Breath
  • Yellor or Green Sputum
  • Low-Grade Temp

Sinusitis

  • Nasal Drainage (yellow or green)
  • Headache
  • Fever

If you still have questions or concerns about your health, please contact your primary care provider.