Of 24: With the introduction of the spring season that is popular with many because of its association with mild climate and going out to parks, anxiety increases among those with seasonal spring allergies, due to its similarity with symptoms of infection with the Coronavirus.
How do we distinguish between the symptoms of these two things?
Taha Abdel Hamid, professor of chest diseases and allergies at the Faculty of Medicine at Al-Azhar University, told Sky News Arabia that diseases are common in the spring, and the most prominent of which is allergic rhinitis.
He added that its symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, headache, and the condition may progress to a sore throat.
There are also spring diseases, gastroenteritis (norovirus), and its symptoms are stomach pain, cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting, and it usually lasts for only two days, according to Abdul Hamid.
He pointed to asthma, which is one of the diseases that are associated with spring more than any other time due to the changes in temperature from cold to warm to hot.
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways and is characterized by the occurrence of intermittent attacks of severe shortness of breath, genetics plays an important role in it, and its symptoms are shortness, difficulty breathing and constant coughing
The fundamental differences
The professor of chest diseases and allergies at the Faculty of Medicine at Al-Azhar University indicates that the symptoms of seasonal allergies are similar to the symptoms of the Corona virus, but they can be distinguished by several simple differences, including the high temperature in Corona patients, while it is rare in cases of seasonal allergies.
He pointed out that dry cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, lethargy and tingling in the chest muscles are these symptoms in Corona, and seasonal allergy sufferers rarely suffer from them.
Abdul Hamid advises reducing the gatherings of the Spring celebration and avoiding leaving the house except for necessity, while making sure to apply the rules of social distancing.
Flowers open .. what does he do?
In addition, Muhammad Saeed, assistant professor of chest diseases in Al-Qasr Al-Aini medicine, explains that the common diseases associated with the spring season are mainly caused by the blooming of flowers and the spread of pollen, which are irritants to allergic rhinitis and bronchial tubes, so allergy sufferers suffer more in the spring than any other time.
Saeed continued his speech to “Sky News Arabia”: “One of the symptoms of allergies is a feeling of itching in the nose, and a runny nose accompanied by dry coughing and nasal secretions, and the patient feels shortness of breath at night and less in the morning, and is not accompanied by a high temperature except rarely, unlike the matter in the Corona virus.” .
Saeed refused to explain the secret of the increase in Corona virus infection in the spring, stressing that it is too early to determine the extent of the virus’s connection with the seasons of the year, as the matter requires scientific studies that take a long time, according to what was stated in the Sky News Arabia website.