Common Allergies and Types of Allergies
What causes allergies? An allergy occurs when an external substance comes in contact with your body and triggers an overreaction by the immune system. There are many types of allergies. Some are caused by age, the change in seasons, whereas others are year-round.
Here are some of the common allergy causes that we can help diagnose and treat at GoHealth Urgent Care:
- Food allergies. Certain foods can trigger an allergic reaction or other symptoms.
- Drug allergies. Some people are allergic to certain medications or allergic reactions can be a side effect of the medication.
- Insect bites. Bites and stings from insects like bed bugs, bees, wasps, ants and hornets can cause allergic reactions and may require immediate treatment. While dust mites and cockroaches don’t sting, they can still cause allergic reactions.
- Seasonal allergies. While many believe that spring is the prime season for allergies, seasonal allergy symptoms can pop up any time.
- Winter allergies. Allergies in winter are commonly triggered by animals, dust mites or mold and can be exacerbated by dryness in the air.
- Spring allergies. Pollen in the spring can cause a wide variety of spring allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, wheezing or itchy eyes.
- Summer allergies. While you can still experience seasonal allergy symptoms in the summer, spending time outdoors in warmer weather can put you in contact with certain plants like poison ivy that cause allergic reactions.
- Fall allergies. Just like spring, pollen can be a problem in the fall as well, triggering a host of allergy symptoms.
At GoHealth Urgent Care we can help diagnose and treat all of these common allergies and many more to give you the relief you need.
Allergy Symptoms and Triggers:
Most of us are familiar with the common symptoms of allergies. Symptoms include:
- Wheezing or chest tightness
- Red, itchy, watery eyes
- Rashy, red or raised skin
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Swollen lips, tongue, face or eyes
- Stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhea
The trigger of the allergic reaction is exposure to an allergen or something you are allergic to. An allergen is usually a benign substance, like pollen or dust, that causes a reaction in certain people. Symptoms can develop within a few minutes of being exposed to an allergen or over a period of a few hours. Most allergic reactions are mild, but can occasionally result in a severe reaction called anaphylaxis.
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, you might be having an allergic reaction. Rarely, an allergic reaction can become life-threatening. If you begin to experience throat tightness or difficulty breathing you should seek immediate medical attention at an emergency room or by calling 911.Find Your Center
Other Conditions GoHealth Urgent Care Treats
Other related conditions that we can treat at GoHealth Urgent Care, in addition to seasonal or acute allergies, include:
- Minor animal or insect bites/stings
- Mild asthma attacks & asthma symptoms
- Rashes or skin infections
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