Allergy or omicron? Here’s how the symptoms differ

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Here’s how the symptoms of an omicron infection and allergy vary.

In spring, the pollen count begins. Anyone who gets a runny nose wonders: allergy or omicron? We explain the differences.

The pollen season is open! Pollen from the early bloomers hazelnut and alder have been flying since January. They can cause a runny nose, cough, and fatigue in people with related allergies – the typical hay fever symptoms.

However, in times of the corona pandemic, the symptoms can also indicate a different ailment: The omicron variant of the coronavirus causes very similar disease characteristics. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), cough, cold and sore throat are indications of infection with the coronavirus.

Omicron or allergy: how the symptoms differ

Still, there are some differences between allergic pollen reactions and classic omicron symptoms. In the case of a pollen allergy, rhinitis can start very suddenly, writes the “Deutsche Apotheker Zeitung. “In addition, allergy-related hay fever is often accompanied by itching in the eyes, nose, and throat – this is relatively rare in an omicron infection.

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