Allergies and COVID-19

There are some relations that need to be made between the Coronavirus pandemic and allergies. For example, some medications can affect a person’s immune system, which may make them more liable to the more serious signs and symptoms of COVID-19, should they contract the virus. Most anti-allergy medications do not affect immunity, however, this does not mean that this doesn’t happen with some medication. If you are at all worried, you should consult your GP or allergy team.

Allergy UK has stated “to the best of our knowledge, there is no reason to think that antihistamines would lower the immune response. Inhaled and nasal steroids are also generally considered safe as they only target the nose or the lungs to reduce any inflammation. However oral steroids and other immunosuppressive tablets could adversely influence immunity and a healthcare professional will need to carry out a risk-benefit evaluation”.

If you are self-isolating and can’t get the required medications, you must arrange for someone else to buy over the counter drugs for you. You may also be able to arrange a repeat prescription from your GP or pharmacist to help you if you know in advance that you need to self-isolate.

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