Allergies and allergic reactions can range from mild inconveniences to serious medical emergencies. They are caused by a wide variety of environmental factors, foods, insects, grooming products and plants. Allergies and allergic reactions don’t discriminate according to age and can occur both on a seasonal and one-time basis. If you or your child is suffering from an allergy episode or having an allergic reaction, we can evaluate your condition and recommend a course of treatment that will bring relief.
Seasonal allergies, sometimes known as hay fever, can cause congestion, sneezing, watery eyes and other symptoms that are similar to a common cold. At Prime Urgent Care in Pearland, we can help identify what might be triggering such allergies and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Environmental factors that commonly cause allergies include:
- animal dander
- dust mites
- plants and flowers
- cigarette smoke
- outdoor pollution
- mold and mildew
Allergies can generally be managed by both taking medication and avoiding allergens or eliminating them from the home. If left untreated, allergies can result in sinus infections. Such infections can cause pain in your sinuses, throat and ears as well as headaches. We are able to diagnose sinus infections and help you understand your treatment options. Antibiotics are generally used to treat such infections.
Understanding Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions occur when you consume or come in contact with a substance that your body doesn’t tolerate well. The symptoms of these types of reactions can include rashes, hives, watery eyes, an itchy throat, wheezing, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, weakness, nausea and unconsciousness.
Foods, insects and body products that can trigger allergic reactions include:
- peanuts and peanut products
- tree nuts
- dairy products
- fish and shellfish
- soy and soy products
- fruits such as mangoes and pineapples
- cooking spices
- stinging insects such as bees and wasps
- poison ivy, poison oak or sumac
- dyes and fragrances found in makeup and grooming products.
Allergic reactions are often managed with medications similar to those used to treat seasonal allergies. Avoiding known allergens is also key to eliminating or minimizing allergic reactions. If you have a severe allergic reaction, you may need to carry a special injection known as an Epi-Pen.
*If you’re suffering from a severe allergic reaction that causes your throat or tongue to swell and are having difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately. This type of reaction is known as anaphylaxis and must be treated at a hospital.