man sneezing a sign of hay fever

Have I got hay fever? Signs and symptoms

31 Jan 2023

Symptom Hay fever Cold Covid-19
Itchiness Usually Rarely Rarely
Runny nose Usually (clear discharge) Usually (yellow/green discharge) Sometimes
Sneezing Usually Usually Rarely
Sore throat Sometimes Usually Usually
Cough Rarely Sometimes Usually (dry)
Tiredness Sometimes Sometimes Usually
Muscle aches Never Sometimes Usually
Fever Never Rarely Usually
Diarrhoea & vomiting Never Never Sometimes
Onset of symptoms Sudden and usually linked with exposure to allergens Gradual Gradual
Duration of symptoms Can last for weeks, depending on duration of exposure to allergens Usually a few days Usually 5-14 days (some people experience long covid)


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Bhupesh Panchal

Author: Bhupesh Panchal, Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.