Allergy Symptoms and COVID-19

Tips on monitoring your symptoms as counties open back up
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Having allergies can be a challenge on its own, but add the risks associated with COVID-19 and it gets even more complicated. With restrictions being lifted, you have the option to be out and about more often.

If you are concerned about your allergies during this time, here are some tips to help you manage your symptoms.

  1. Improve your immune system
    According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system. They state that although our immune system is designed to protect us from invading organisms, it sometimes mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader. This substance is called an allergen and is what triggers an allergic reaction.

    If you have allergies, work with your specialists to develop a management plan to improve how your immune system functions. They can help create a personalized plan to strengthen your body’s natural defenses, diagnose allergens, and prescribe treatments to help you feel better. They can also refer you to a nutritionist.

    Blue Shield of California has additional information on the important role your immune system plays in other areas of your life, such as your ability to manage chronic stress.

  2. Track your allergy symptoms.
    If you have allergies, consider keeping a journal to identify changes in your allergy symptoms or to note any patterns. Here are a few questions to get you started:
     
    • Do I notice a change in how I feel?
    • Are these my classic symptoms?
    • Are these seasonal allergies, occurring around the same time every year?
    • What is the pollen count today?
    • Am I continuing to take my medications?

    As a note, ensure you’re following the CDC’s recommended practices of hand washing and physical distancing, and continue taking your medication. If you think you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for assistance on how to obtain treatment.

  3. Schedule a checkup, even if it’s not in person.
    A virtual visit with your provider may be a new experience, but it’s worth it to schedule a checkup.
    Your doctor can help you lessen health risks by regularly talking with you about your allergy symptoms, your response to your treatment plan, and whether changes are necessary. That way, if a symptom is unusual, you’ll be more apt to notice and address it. They can also help you understand any information you find online and determine whether it applies to you.

  4. Maintain a medication supply.
    One way to minimize contact as we navigate the current spike in infections is to receive your medications by mail. Doing so will allow you to receive a 90-day supply, which is available through mail-order pharmacies. This way, you won’t need to leave the comfort of your home and risk virus exposure.

Get more information on Blue Shield of California’s mail-order pharmacy benefits.

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