SAN ANTONIO – As the region’s allergy season peaks, doctors in the recovery of COVID-19 patients warn to be aware of possible triggers caused by spring allergens.
Ava Perryman, 11, has severe pollen and oak allergies. Monica Perryman, Ava’s mother, is keeping a close eye on her daughter this season after a fight with COVID-19.
“Fortunately, more than three months have passed, so we have not seen any kind of impact or any kind of long-term effects of having COVID-19,” said Monica Perryman.
After talking to the family allergist and pediatrician, she knows what to look for this allergy season.
“We keep an eye on all kinds of upper respiratory problems – asthma, heavy breathing. She is also into sports, so fatigue and running are a big one because there are signs that you do not notice it until they are active, ”said Monica Perryman.
Dr. Araceli Elizalde, an allergist and founder of Allergy & Asthma Texas Health, said some recovered COVID-19 patients may see new symptoms and triggers that include fatigue, hair loss and loss of sense of smell after getting it back.
“We are reaching the peak of a pollen season. Their symptoms may be worse than normal. Fatigue may get worse,” Elizalde said.
Many patients who spent more time at home in recent years and now spend less time there had to use their medication or inhalers again.
“Children are finally out playing and being exposed to other children’s respiratory infections,” Elizalde said.
The doctor encourages people to pay attention to their body and not wait too long before seeking help from a doctor.
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