Most people experience some form of allergies in their lifetimes. Allergies are common and often come on throughout life. To learn more about Allergies come into WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids.
An allergy is characterized by a negative reaction of the immune system when you encounter a foreign substance such as pet dander, pollen, or certain foods. If you have an allergy the immune system creates antibodies that identify the foreign substance as harmful. This then creates a reaction such as an inflammation of the skin, digestive system, airways, or sinuses. If you have severe allergies then anaphylaxis can occur, which can be life-threatening.
These types of allergies are usually triggered by seasonal and pet-related allergens.
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Itching of the Nose or Eyes
- Watery, Red, or Swollen Eyes
For these types of allergies, there are many various treatments available. Over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal corticosteroids are helpful in relieving the symptoms.
Food allergies are very common but the types of food that cause the allergies to vary. These allergies occur when your immune system identifies a food as harmful. Many food allergies are well-managed, but they can progress into a serious, life-threatening condition. If you or someone around you is experiencing a negative reaction or anaphylaxis, then contact 911 immediately.
- Swelling of the Face, Throat, Tongue, or Lips
- Tingling of the Mouth
It is important to be aware of your food allergies and to avoid eating these foods. You should also carry some epinephrine on you that has been prescribed by your doctor in case of a serious reaction.
If you are having trouble breathing or experiencing other respiratory problems, it is important that you seek emergency care and call 911. If you would like to get control of other allergy symptoms and learn to manage them then come into WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids to get examined by a medical professional.