The Difference Between Hay Fever and Covid
Last Updated: 10th November 2022 · Written by Kate Young
A few years ago, a sore throat, sudden loss of smell or wheezy cough might not have worried you. But as scientists continue to discover potential symptoms of coronavirus, the smallest sensation can now cause serious anxiety – and this could get even worse with hay fever season fast approaching.
From headaches to fatigue, there is a considerable overlap between the symptoms of hay fever and COVID-19. If you’ve noticed unusual symptoms but have received a negative covid test, hay fever testing could be the best way forward.
In this blog post, we’ll share some key hay fever symptoms and explain how our complete body test could help you tell the difference between hay fever and COVID-19, and take control of your health.
What are the symptoms of hay fever?
We’re probably all familiar with the typical hay fever symptoms: a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. But did you know there are a number of other hay fever symptoms that you may have overlooked? According to the NHS, these include:
- Loss of smell
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Blocked nose
- Itchy throat, mouth, nose or ears
Several of these have also been identified as potential covid symptoms, so it’s important to get a reliable covid test first. But once that’s been ruled out, you may be wondering whether pollen is to blame for your discomfort.
How does hay fever testing work?
At Lifelab, our complete body allergy test will test for 40 different allergies. And it’s not just food and drink allergies we can identify. By testing a small sample of your blood, we can test for pollen-related antibodies that could indicate you have hay fever – i.e. an allergy to pollen.
If your symptoms are noticeably worse around certain plants, such as cut grass or crops in a field, you may already suspect that you have hay fever
Hay fever season is typically between late March and September as this is when the pollen count is highest. However, some people experience symptoms all year-round, so don’t wait until September for the sneezing to go away!
With a reliable hay fever test, you can get to the bottom of the problem and start managing your symptoms as soon as possible.
Order your complete body test today
With Lifelab Testing, you can find out whether you’re suffering from hay fever once and for all. Order your complete body test online to get fast and reliable answers from the comfort of your own home.