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Is It Allergies? Or Are You Actually Getting Sick?

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Okay, we’ve all been in that situation where we can’t tell if our runny and stuffy nose means more than what it is. It can lead to a drip down the throat, which then causes a sore throat. What happens next? You have a headache, and you’re suddenly exhausted. Now, we may panic thinking we’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the flu, or just a summer cold. The most likely culprit—allergies. Even if you thought you weren’t allergic to anything, you may experience mild symptoms. There’s plenty of things that come into play here. From wacky weather, dust, animals, you name it.

Now, the symptoms might all seem the same. You might feel that you’re coming down with something from congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose. The symptoms can feel nearly identical, especially in the mild phase.

Principal Identifiers For Allergies, Colds, and COVID-19

There are a few significant differences between these, which can give you relief when it comes to deciding when and if you should see a doctor. Even though some symptoms are similar to others, knowing what to check off the list will help identify what to do.


Have you spiked any sort of fever? Getting a fever comes as no surprise as the primary deciding factor between all of these. Some people call allergies, “hay fever,” but it does not correlate with an actual fever. It’s just the collective term for seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Although it is possible for severe allergies to raise your body temperature. Take in mind that COVID-19 will also kick in a dry cough, body aches, and shortness of breath. Those two additional symptoms are really the deciding factors. You shouldn’t have a dry cough for a cold and flu unless it’s due to a nasal drip from your runny nose.

 Mucus Color

The color of your mucus can tell you a lot about what’s going on with your bodies. You can rule out COVID-19 right away since a runny nose is not listed as a determining factor. However, it could lead to you having a cold or the flu. Make sure to take note if you continuously have clear mucus or if it starts changing color and thickness. Allergies will have long-lasting clear mucus. With a cold, you will start seeing a thicker, yellow mucus.


A dry cough is one of the main factors of COVID-19. It will probably hurt when you cough, which also makes the sore throat so hard to deal with. If you’re coughing up your mucus, then you probably have a cold. You won’t feel the dryness of a COVID-19 cough, but something is going to want to come out most likely. Allergies, on the other hand, might give you a dry, tickling cough. Kind of like a bad itch that you just can’t scratch.

Sore Throat

So, the degree of sore throat you can get varies depending on the reason why you have a sore throat. If you have a cold or allergies, it’s most likely from the mucus drip. That causes your throat to itch and gets irritated, causing the sore throat. With COVID-19, although there’s no proper documentation on what causes it, we can narrow it down to a couple of things. For one, it getting inhaled means it enters your nose and throat first, which can lead to soreness and irritation. Your dry cough also further irritates it since there’s no moisture from mucus to alleviate the strain from the cough.


At this point, you might have a cough, you have a sore throat, and you’re feeling a little warm, but your eyes and nose are also itchy. Take a breath. It’s allergies. Itchiness comes from environmental allergies and not COVID-19. A cold doesn’t usually affect the eyes, and allergies could even cause some swelling.

So, Do You Have Allergies, Or Is It Something Else?

In most cases, allergies are typically the culprit. In the day and age, where COVID-19 struck during our typical allergies season, it’s understandable to worry. Also, think back to previous years and how your body has reacted during certain times of the year. A lot of these factors do come from a history of allergies. If you’re feeling any of these symptoms in a more extreme measure, contact your doctor or physician to get more information on what to do next.

Here at Country Club Urgent Care, we can answer all of your concerns and direct you to the best possible option for recovery and ease of mind. We do our best for convenient and affordable help regardless of your insurance. Contact us today for more information and to see what other services we have to offer.

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