Know Your Symptoms: Asthma vs. COVID-19

Know Your Symptoms: Asthma vs. COVID-19

What Patients With Asthma Should Know About COVID-19

As we continue to make our way through allergy season, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still on the minds of everyone — especially here in Atlanta where pollen counts are often exceptionally high. This adds an additional layer of stress for our patients that suffer from asthma, who are at a higher risk of developing the virus and may confuse their typical allergy and asthma symptoms for COVID-19.

Keep reading to learn the differences between these two conditions, and why it’s important to continue your treatment with our specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia so that you can receive the care you need.

Common Signs of COVID-19

After a patient is exposed to the virus, symptoms can take 2-14 days to appear. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Sudden loss of taste or smell

While the virus is a respiratory condition, the biggest difference between COVID-19 and asthma is that most patients with Novel Coronavirus will experience a fever and common flu-like symptoms. If you believe that you have COVID-19, you should seek medical attention immediately to be tested and treated.

Common Signs of Asthma

Though there are varying types of asthma children and adults may experience, the symptoms are mostly the same. The most common signs of asthma include:

  • Coughing — especially during exercise and at night
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing — the high-pitched sound that happens when you breathe

An asthma attack can be very serious if left untreated — which is why you should visit our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia to be diagnosed and treated with an asthma action plan.

Asthma Can Worsen a Case of COVID-19

As we listed above, asthma can share similar symptoms with COVID-19. In the event that you do develop Coronavirus, having a pre-existing asthma condition can reduce your lung capacity and cause you to have more extreme symptoms. Having your asthma under control is so important during a time like this, and our specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia are prepared to help.

Don’t Let Your Asthma Symptoms Worsen This Season

More now than ever, it’s important to keep yourself as healthy as possible to protect yourself against any illness — and this includes treating your asthma and allergies.

Here are 5 reasons why you should be seen by the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia today:

  1. Untreated allergies can be confused with COVID-19 causing anxiety and concern.
  2. Asthma can lead to more severe COVID-19.
  3. We can keep you free of symptoms related to allergy/asthma.
  4. We offer same-day & next-day appointments.
  5. Prevent a trip to the ER.

To eliminate the possibility of your asthma symptoms worsening and leading to anxiety over having to leave your home to visit an urgent care facility or the hospital, contact one of our board-certified specialists at {Site:BusinessName} for treatment. We'll work with you to get your asthma and allergy-related problems diagnosed correctly and treated through our telemedicine services.