Whether you have seasonal allergies or an allergic response when you eat certain foods, it is important to be proactive by working with a doctor to manage these allergy symptoms. Our team at iCare ER and Urgent Care is here to assist with general medical care, including prescriptions and treatments for allergies.
Why Are You Having an Allergic Reaction?
An allergic reaction happens when your immune system thinks that a normal substance is a dangerous compound for your body. When this allergen is present, then the immune system kicks into gear with a histamine response, which results in allergy symptoms.
The symptoms vary depending on the person and the type of allergic reaction that is happening. Most of the time, the symptoms are mild – although some people experience moderate, severe, or even life-threatening allergic reactions.
Typical Allergy Symptoms
Mild allergy reactions are often similar to the common cold. For example, seasonal allergies (often known as “hayfever”) usually include symptoms such as:
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Itching skin
Common severe allergy symptoms include the mild symptoms listed above, as well as:
- Swelling of throat, face, tongue, or lips
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
- Mouth tingling
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
- Low blood pressure
If you have symptoms similar to a common cold, but the symptoms persist more than 10 days, then it is possible that you are experiencing seasonal allergies. Also, pay attention to the time of year when the symptoms happen. A head cold is most common in the cooler months, but allergies often happen during the seasonal changes (spring and fall).
Common Allergy Triggers
Allergy triggers might include:
- Insects: Bee stings or bug bites
- Food: Peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, fish, soy, milk
- Skin: Latex
- Medicine: Penicillin-based Antibiotics
- Air: Mold, dust mites, animal dander
- Seasonal: Pollen, grass, other compounds from plants in bloom
- Chemical: Cleaning products, perfumes, detergent, or other household chemicals
If a person is allergic to something, then they will experience symptoms when coming in contact with that trigger. Removing the offending allergen is important to stop the reaction, but sometimes additional medical care is needed.
Other treatments might include medication to reduce the histamine response, such as over-the-counter or prescription allergy drugs (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin, etc). Our team of experienced medical providers can help you determine the best type of medication for your unique allergens.
Additionally, it is often recommended that patients with a history of severe allergic reactions should carry an EpiPen for immediate treatment if needed.
When to Visit an Urgent Care for Allergies
Seasonal allergies can be treated in an urgent care at your convenience. On the other hand, if a severe allergic reaction occurs, then it is essential to seek treatment in an emergency room as soon as possible. A severe allergic reaction can cause anaphylaxis, which can be a life-threatening condition. Anaphylactic reactions should always be treated in the ER.
If you or a loved one experiences any of the severe allergy symptoms listed above, don’t wait to see if the symptoms improve! Instead, you should call 911 or head to the emergency room as soon as possible.
At iCare ER and Urgent Care, we offer full-service medical care, starting with a free initial evaluation to determine the level of care required. Rest assured knowing that you won’t pay emergency room prices if you can be treated in the urgent care. We are ready to treat a variety of medical conditions, including everything from life-threatening allergic reactions to basic medical care.
Visit our board-certified doctors at iCare ER and Urgent Care. Our Frisco and Fort Worth offices accept walk-ins, or you can use the convenient online sign-in form. Call if you have questions about available services: (214) 407-8668.