Sneezing, red, swollen, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing, hives and rashes are signs you may be dealing with allergies. Allergies to grass, weeds, tree pollen and molds may come and go with the seasons and are commonly called seasonal allergies or pollen allergies.

Allergies occur from more than plants and often more frequently than with the seasons, however. Cat and dog dander are another common cause of allergies and can lead to skin allergies and can make owning a pet extremely difficult and uncomfortable. Some medicines may be able to mitigate these symptoms and talking to someone at an urgent care location could help you keep your pet symptom-free. 

Food allergies to peanuts or milk can cause cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction with hives and itching all over, wheezing or shortness of breath, hoarseness or tightness in the throat and tingling in the hands, feet, lips or scalp. Anaphylactic reactions are life-threatening and require immediate medical help. People with food allergies must be aware of the types of food that cause these reactions and become skilled at managing food allergies or risk being put into a dangerous situation. 

Allergies happen when the body reacts to a foreign substance or allergen. Once exposed to an allergen, the body’s immune system begins to produce specific antibodies against it as an immune response. These antibodies activate mast cells, which are located throughout the body with some higher concentrations in the airways, intestines, skin and elsewhere. These cells release histamine (along with some other chemicals), which causes most of the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Common Allergens

  • Animals
    • Pet allergies can put a strain on your relationship with a fluffy friend.
  • Plants
    • Grass and weed pollens can make going outside uncomfortable and itchy.
  • Molds
    • Hidden mold in a house, school or workplace can cause problems. 
  • Foods
    • Food allergens can result in slight swelling or can be extremely dangerous, resulting in death.

Allergy Symptoms

  • Itchiness
  • Swelling
  • Tightness in throat
  • Tingling hands
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Vomiting

If you are experiencing dangerous allergy symptoms, such as an anaphylactic reaction, please call 9-1-1 immediately. 

Why Choose Urgent Care for Allergies?

Urgent care for allergies in adults and children can help get immediate relief for symptoms while also getting to the root of the problem and helping you feel better sooner rather than later. This can assure that treatable conditions do not become long-term problems by accurately diagnosing and treating your allergy issues, in the case that problems are serious. If you are experiencing the symptoms of any type of allergies, contact one of our convenient locations near you to find relief.