Spring is in full swing, and with it seasonal allergies are coming back: a good part of the South of France has been placed on orange alert regarding grass pollens by the National Aerobiological Surveillance Network. Problem in this period of health crisis, some of the symptoms may be confused with those of Covid-19 : runny and itchy nose and eyes, see cough in the case of people with asthma attacks.
But, major difference, allergen reactions do not cause fever, nor does intense fatigue or loss of smell, as has been the case for some patients with the new coronavirus.
“Containment is a special period: people who usually have allergies to animal hair, mites, molds, cockroaches … can see their allergy symptoms increase from staying locked up at home“, explains Professor Gilles Garcia, pulmonologist of the Asthma & Allergies Association, in the columns of the Voices from the North.
Dispersion peak at the time of deconfinement
Deconfinement could also be the source of many misinterpretations of allergic symptoms. “May 11 corresponds exactly to the peak of dispersion of grass pollen in the air, one of the most allergenic. Many people will start going out in the woods, in the parks, and will be worried about their symptoms, “said Samuel Monnier, of the National Aerobiological Surveillance Network, in The echoes.