Allergy Cough or Covid Cough - Which One Do I Have?

The Hyfe Mind


April 14, 2021
CoughPro is not a medical product. It is a wellness app intended only for users to obtain a better understanding of their cough. It is not intended to diagnose, monitor, or treat any illness.

We at Hyfe, Inc., are a company devoted to working on tools to better understand the importance of cough. It is Hyfe’s intention in the future to seek regulatory approval for medical products that analyze cough in order that they may be used to diagnose, monitor, and facilitate better treatment of respiratory illnesses.

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Cough is the most common symptom for a variety of diseases, including allergies, sore throat, flu, cold, and even COVID-19. So between allergy cough vs COVID cough, how can you tell them apart? 

Symptoms Accompanying Allergy Cough

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Sick mature woman with sore throat, standing in living room at home. Catching cold, having cough.

Allergy cough usually happens when you experience a certain kind of allergy from pollutants such as smoke, exhaust fumes, dust, or irritants like pollen and mold. These allergens get into your body and result in inflammation in your respiratory system causing your cough. Besides cough, your allergy symptoms usually go with: 

  • Skin irritation (red rash)
  • Sneezing, itchy, runny, or itchy nose
  • Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea 
  • Itchy, red, or watering eyes
  • Chest tightness
  • Swollen body parts (lips, eyes, nose, tongue, or even face) 
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms Accompanying COVID

Though COVID-19 shares a handful of symptoms with allergy, there are some different ones, including:

  • Chills/ fever
  • Fatigue
  • Body and muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Difficulty breathing

However, one of the major differences between allergy cough vs. covid cough is that while allergy coughs are wet, covid cough is dry. Meaning that allergy cough is productive as it helps you clear out of the allergens causing you these allergic reactions, while covid cough is unproductive as it doesn’t bring up any mucus or phlegm. 

Source: The Mayo Clinic

Allergy Causes

An allergy develops as the immune system misidentifies a naturally harmless material as a deadly invader. The immune system then generates antibodies that are constantly on the lookout for the same allergen. When you are exposed to the allergen again, these antibodies will release various immune system chemicals, such as histamine, and cause allergy symptoms.

Air pollution in the city caused by vehicles

These are some of the common allergy triggers:

  • Medications (penicillin or penicillin-based antibiotics) 
  • Airborne allergens such as dust mites, pollen, animal dander, mold
  • Certain foods like shellfish, tree nuts, soy, dairy products, peanuts
  • Latex or other substances

COVID Causes

What causes Covid-19? The culprit is the new Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. Specialists have abbreviated the bug's name to SARS-CoV-2. When this virus infects someone, they are at risk of contracting the respiratory condition called Covid-19. This virus can spread through airborne droplets or any close contact with the infected person. Concretely, a person two meters (six feet) away or less is at risk of inhaling these droplets. Moreover, the infection can occur simply by the droplets landing in the nose, mouth, or eyes. Therefore, SARS-CoV-2 is highly contagious.

Treatment of Allergies 

A sick middle-aged man seeing a doctor

It can be tough for you to notice and keep track of an allergy cough, especially during the midst of a virus outbreak, so it’s handy to have a tool to help you do it. 

In addition, you should try your best to avoid the triggers even when you’re having your symptoms treated. You can also try over-the-counter allergy medications in the supermarket, or drugstore, but it’s best to have a chat with your doctor beforehand. 

Treatment of COVID 

While the vaccine for COVID-19 is being distributed, one of the best things you can do right now is strictly follow the social distancing or stay-at-home restrictions from the government. This is not only good for you but your family and everyone around you. Besides, you can also follow these recommendations from public health officials:

  • Regularly wash your hands
  • Wear a face mask or cover when going out and in public places
  • Stay at least six feet or two meters away from others
  • Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the symptoms above

Allergy cough vs. Covid cough, though there are some stand-out symptoms, it can be tough to tell them apart as they have many similar symptoms. That’s why it’s always good to take good care of your body and notice anything different.

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