Is it allergies or illness? How you can tell the difference

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – The spring season is approaching but allergy season is already here. With outside temperatures fluctuating, it’s often hard to tell if you are experiencing allergies or another sickness.

The change in temperature and increase in pollen can cause allergies to come out of hibernation.

If you’ve experienced allergies before, you know the drill with different types of medications.

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Dr. David Blaine with Beckley ARH Hospital told 59News if allergies are common for you, be prepared so you can tell the difference.

“Historically, if you’ve had allergies, just be prepared that we’re going through a change in season right now. Even with the weather fluctuation, that those people should start early on antihistamines, nasal sprays, and things that they would normally do for the allergy season,” said Dr. Blaine.

It may be difficult to know whether you should see a doctor or not when experiencing symptoms.

Dr. Blaine says if symptoms persist over time, it’s important to get it checked out.

“So, again if there’s no fever, if there’s no discolored mucus…If they have an irritated nose, throat, sneezing, and kind of the typical symptoms of allergy, to start meditating over the counter. If that doesn’t resolve in two to three days or improve, then they may want to seek out professional help” said Dr. Blaine to 59News.

While many struggle with seasonal allergies, telling the difference between other illnesses comes down to preparing and getting evaluated if needed.

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