Allergic reactions are sensitivities to a certain substance, called an allergen, which is contacted through the skin, inhaled into the lungs, swallowed, or injected. The reactionary part is your body’s way of responding to an “invader.” Common allergens are dust, food, plants, medications, pollen. A reaction can happen internally or externally depending on how the allergen has come in contact with your body.
Typical side effects of minor allergic reactions include itching, watery eyes, sneezing, and bumps or redness on skin. Reactions vary based on each persons immune system, which can sometimes be unpredictable.
Most allergic reactions are minor and most everyone experiences them. For example, poison ivy, mosquito bites, etc. When an allergic reaction is more sever and life-threatening, it is called anaphylaxis. Medical attention is crucial in a timely manner for patients who suffer with severe allergic reactions.
Alergic reactions can progress and worsen in minutes, medical attention is always recommended for all but the most minor and localized symptoms. Common or severe allergies can change over years, so it is important to take allergy tests every several years or to make note of unusual symptoms following consumption of food, contact with plants or animals, topical creams, medications, etc.
If the symptoms of your reaction get worse over a few days, or if they do not get better with recommended treatment and removal of the allergen, call your health care provider. Allergic reactions can be dangerous. Sudden, severe, widespread reactions require emergency care.
If you have an acute allergic reaction that is not life-threatening, call or visit one of our conveniently located clinics.