iCare – Severe Allergic Reactions – ER Services Page
An allergic reaction is not only inconvenient, but it can be life-threatening without immediate medical treatment. If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, then it is essential to visit the nearest ER as soon as possible.
Symptoms of a Severe Allergic Reaction
It is common for people to have mild allergic reactions due to seasonal pollen or animals. In some cases, a patient has a strong reaction to an environmental compound. Symptoms might include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Increased pulse rate
- Swelling in the throat, lips, tongue, or face
- Loss of consciousness
Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of an allergic reaction and can be life-threatening if it blocks a person’s ability to breathe. This reaction is rare and requires immediate medical services. The symptoms usually start suddenly and intensify quickly, eventually leading to cardiac arrhythmia, respiratory distress, seizures, shock, and even death… which is why treatment should never be delayed.
What Happens During an Allergic Reaction?
When these symptoms are occurring, it means the body is overreacting to a substance and an attack is happening within the body. An allergen can be any product or compound that causes an immune system response. Common allergens include:
- Insect stings, from wasps, bees, hornets, or fire ants
- Food ingredients, such as peanuts, soy, eggs, fish, milk, or wheat
- Medications, such as penicillin or other antibiotics
Why do some people suffering allergies while others don’t experience these reactions? It is suspected that certain people are hypersensitive because of genetic predispositions.
Immediate ER Treatment for Severe Allergic Reactions
When someone knows that they have a severe allergy, it is common to carry an epinephrine autoinjector (often called an “epi-pen”). Having this medication on-hand can save a person’s life if they are exposed to an allergy trigger. This injection provides the first aid that is needed, giving the person more time to get to medical treatment. It is always important to talk to a doctor, even if an injection is used, and the symptoms are starting to calm down.
If you are having the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction and don’t have an epi-pen, then it is essential to either call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room right away for immediate treatment.
Initially, medications will be administered to counteract the allergic reaction. The doctor will likely recommend additional testing to identify your allergy triggers. It is important to know what is causing the symptoms if you experience a serious allergy response to food or something in the environment. Then, you can avoid the trigger to minimize the risk of an allergy emergency in the future.
Why Visit iCare Emergency Room and Urgent Care?
Our board-certified medical team is on hand 24/7 to help with serious health concerns, such as severe allergic reactions. We encourage you to come to the emergency room as quickly as possible so that we can assist with treatment.
One of the benefits of choosing our team is the dual-approach that we offer for medical care. When you visit the ER, we will complete an initial assessment to determine if emergency services are required. If not, then you can move to the Urgent Care, where you will receive top-notch care without paying ER prices. For more information about available services, call iCare ER and Urgent Care at (214) 407-8668.