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Allergies are a common immune system response when your body misinterprets everyday substances as harmful foreign invaders. Your system counterattacks the allergen to avoid harm. In the process, histamines are produced which create bothersome allergy symptoms. An allergy can be mild, severe, or anything in between resulting in minor irritation or a serious health threat.

Common Allergy Triggers

  • Airborne: Dust mites, pollen, mold, and animal dander
  • Insect: Bee, wasp or hornet stings
  • Medication: Most commonly penicillin and penicillin-based antibiotics
  • Skin: Nickel, soap or latex are common skin allergens
  • Food: Dairy products, soy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, and tree nuts

Allergy symptoms differ according to the severity of the immune system reaction.

Mild symptoms may be mistaken for a sign of a cold:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffed up or a runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Hives, rash or itchy skin

Severe reactions can be life-threatening, and emergency care is always needed. Signs of anaphylaxis include:

  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Face, lip, tongue, or throat swelling
  • Chest tightness,
  • Wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffed up or a runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Hives, rash or itchy skin

Allergy Treatment

Although there is generally no way to cure an allergy, symptoms can be treated. Contact Preferred Urgent Care for our allergy testing and treatment services today!