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What are allergies?
Allergies happen when your immune system reacts defensively toward a substance that is not normally harmful.
Your immune system usually filters out and attacks the things that are harmful to your body.
An allergic reaction occurs when the body treats a non-harmful substance as a threat and releases a flood of chemicals to fight that threat.
What are Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction?
Allergic reactions can vary from person to person.
Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Itchy skin
- Itchy eyes
- Redness or rashes
- Runny nose or stuffy nose
- Swelling of tongue and/or throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness and wheeziness
What are Common Allergens and Causes of Allergic Reactions?
Some allergies are caused by pollen, dust or mold only in the air during certain seasons.
- Dust mites
- Mold spores
- Pet dander
- Bee and other insect stings
If symptoms are severe, call 911 immediately.
Reactions vary from mild to very severe. Sometimes you can have an allergic reaction even if you don’t normally.
For less intense symptoms, sometimes a prescription medication may be necessary for treatment.
What is Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock is the most serious kind of allergic reaction.
Your body releases a flood of chemicals that causes your blood pressure to drop and your airways to narrow and block your breathing.
The reaction begins very quickly and can be life-threatening.
If you or someone you know experiences anaphylaxis, call 911 immediately.
How are Non-Life Threatening Allergies Treated?
Because there are so many different kinds of allergies, the treatments vary, too.
Mild and seasonal allergies can sometimes be treated with over-the-counter antihistamines.
These medicines block the symptom-causing chemical your immune system releases during the reaction.
Some medications are available over-the-counter, while others need to be prescribed.
CareNow® can Help Treat Allergy Symptoms
If non-life threatening symptoms occur, visit your nearest CareNow® urgent care clinic for fast diagnosis and treatment.
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