Urgent Care for Allergic Reactions & Allergies
Allergic reactions can cause a variety of symptoms, from hives and itching to difficulty breathing. If you experience one of these reactions, you don’t need to just live with the symptoms. Reserve your spot with one of our providers so you can get the relief you need to get on with your life.
When spring is in the air, so are pollen and other allergens. Many people have allergic reactions when they come into contact with blooming trees and flowers, making spring one of the worst seasons for allergy symptoms. There are some steps you can take to reduce the severity of your symptoms. The most common tactic is avoiding exposure to allergy triggers as much as possible. Avoid pulling weeds or mowing the lawn if these activities make the problem worse.
Stay inside on dry days when pollen counts are highest. If you spend time outdoors, wash your clothes immediately to remove the pollen from them.
Approximately 15 million Americans have some type of food allergy, according to Food Allergy Research and Education. This type of allergic reaction occurs when the immune system sees a food protein as a threat to the body. It responds by releasing IgE antibodies to attack the protein, which causes the symptoms you experience during an allergic reaction. In the United States, approximately 90 percent of food-related allergic reactions are caused by just eight foods: fish, milk, peanuts, eggs, soy, shellfish, tree nuts, and wheat.
If you have a known food allergy, work with one of our providers to develop a plan for avoiding triggers. Learn how to read food labels so you can identify foods containing allergens. Some foods contain additives, so it is important to learn about the ingredients in these additives so you can avoid allergy triggers. If you dine at a restaurant, make it clear you have a food allergy. Ordering simple dishes with few ingredients can help you avoid ingesting allergens when you dine out.
If you have pet allergies, you are allergic to proteins found in the urine, saliva, and skin cells of animals. Mild pet allergies cause symptoms similar to those of hay fever, but people with severe pet allergies can experience wheezing and have trouble breathing. Avoiding animals is the best way to control this type of allergy, but there are also some things you can do if you just can’t bear to part with your pet.
Cleaning your home regularly is one of the best ways to keep your symptoms under control. Have a family member who is not allergic to pets do the cleaning so you don’t have an allergy attack. The person cleaning should wash the walls and ceilings, clean upholstered furniture, and wash the linens in each bedroom. Bathing your pet regularly can eliminate some of the dander responsible for causing allergic reactions. Some surfaces attract dander more than others, so replace carpeting with hard floors.
Protect yourself from allergic reactions by getting allergy shots, either as a preventive measure or as treatment after exposure to a known allergen. You’ll need to schedule a consultation with one of our providers first, and the provider may conduct a skin test first before giving you the shot. It’s important to let us know if you have previously experienced a reaction to an allergy shot, or if you suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Allergy shots won’t cure your allergy, but they will help to offset the intensity of your symptoms.
Many people can manage their allergy symptoms with lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medications, or prescription drugs. If you need an experienced, friendly provider to oversee your allergy care, call us today. We understand the value of your time, so one of our staff members will schedule an appointment that suits your needs.