With the arrival of spring, birch pollens are present everywhere in France. And, in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, allergy sufferers fear that they will not recognize the symptoms of Covid-19. It is therefore important to distinguish the two pathologies to allow the persons concerned to take the appropriate measures.
With very sunny weather all over the country and temperatures well above seasonal norms, pollen concentrations, particularly of birch, explode. No department of the territory is spared and many are allergic who suffer from rhinitis, conjunctivitis and even coughing and wheezing for asthmatics. These symptoms can be confused with those of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Fever, intense fatigue, headache
If respiratory problems occur in people who know they are allergic, it is important that they assess the nature of their symptoms and only think of Covid-19 coronavirus if these signs are different from those usually experienced. To disentangle the true from the false, it is necessary call your doctor (general practitioner, pulmonologist, pediatrician) or call the Samu (15), without going to the emergency room.
The association “Ashtme et Allergie” specifies that in the case of an attack by the coronavirus, there is a fever, a dry cough, a great tiredness, headaches, aches, which is not generally not the case for a pollen allergy. The other differentiator may be the unusual and different character of the cough compared to previous years.
No stopping treatment, even for asthmatics
For asthma controlled by a background treatment (Becotide, Flixotide, Flixovate, Seretide, Relvar, etc.), you should not reduce or stop taking it because a viral infection can put you at risk of an acute asthma attack which can be fatal. If an asthma attack occurs, the SPLF (French Pneumology Society) specifies that corticosteroid use should not be delayed, even with suspicion or confirmation of infection by Covid 19.
As people with severe asthma are at risk, they can benefit from a work stopping without going through their employer or their treating physician, to avoid having to go out during confinement.