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How You Can Tell If You Have Coronavirus or Hay Fever


The onset of the coronavirus pandemic is now coinciding with the beginning of spring, which is the prime time for hayfever to start.  So it’s important to be able to tell the difference between the two. Airborne allergens expert and creator of the HayMax allergen barrier balm, Max Wiseberg, explains the main differences as well as providing some useful advice in relation to both hay fever and coronavirus…

“Hay fever doesn’t cause high temperature and although some people develop a new and continuous cough, it’s rare with hay fever.”

“Products such as antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays and organic allergen barrier balms such as HayMax (www.haymax.biz), can be used to help hayfever sufferers.”

“To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, it’s important to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless your hands are clean and wash hands regularly with soap and water thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. So ensure you wash your hands before taking your hay fever medicines or applying nasal balms or sprays.”

“When you sneeze or cough ensure you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve and not your hands and make sure you throw the used tissue away immediately and wash your hands afterwards. It’s also important to try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.”

“People have told HayMax (www.haymax.biz), that they don’t get colds on planes and have got through the winter with no flu when they use it. Although there are no studies to prove HayMax’s effectiveness at blocking out the coronavirus, you won’t lose anything by putting it on all the time but it may well help.”

“The government advises that anyone who is experiencing a continuous cough or high temperature should self-isolate for seven days. If you feel unwell call NHS 111or go to the coronavirus website (https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/)to assess if you need medical help.  People aged over 70 have been advised not to take cruises and schools have been advised to cancel trips abroad. If you’re well you can go to public places and work.”

For those needing more details on symptoms, Max explains, “Coronavirus symptoms will usually include a continuous cough, fever and may also include fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat, a headache and shortness of breath. In very rare incidences coronavirus can cause a runny or stuffy nose and/or diarrhoea. And for those with lower immunity such as the elderly and very young, there’s a possibility that the virus could cause a lower and more serious, respiratory tract illness like bronchitis and pneumonia. However, coronavirus sufferers will not experience sneezing. People will usually feel ill and it can make a small proportion of people very ill. ”

“Common hay fever symptoms include sneezing, a runny or blocked nose, or a cough, which can also trigger allergic asthma causing breathing difficulties and a tight chest. However, you don’t get a high temperature or feel unwell with hay fever. And although it is called hay fever, a fever is unusual, whereas it is possible with coronavirus. Again despite its name, hay fever is not contagious, whereas the coronavirus is; another crucial reason for determining which one you are suffering from.”

This handy table provides a guide to symptoms of coronavirus, hay fever, cold and flu…”

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