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Urgent Care Treatments For Allergies

If you are not sure if you are experiencing seasonal allergies or your symptoms are a sign of something else, GoHealth Urgent Care can help provide the right diagnosis. If  seasonal allergies affect you, we can help create a treatment plan that offers both immediate and long-term relief. No more suffering with frustrating symptoms like wheezing, red eyes, itchy rashes and runny noses. Visit us today to: 

  • Diagnose your symptoms
  • Provide treatment and immediate relief from, and long-term management solutions for, seasonal allergies

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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. 

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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
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • 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. 

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Allergy Treatment Options

The first step to treating allergies is to determine the underlying cause. We can begin the evaluation via a virtual or in-person visit. If we determine you need to be tested for allergies, there are two main types of tests that help diagnose allergies.

At GoHealth UC, we can refer you to a local allergist who can help with these types of tests. The first is a skin test where a tiny bit of an allergen is placed on the skin to evaluate how the skin reacts. Allergies can also be diagnosed via a blood test.

Depending on the results of your evaluation and diagnostic tests, you may need treatment for your allergies. There are several types of allergic reaction treatments available: 

  • Medicine. Antihistamines, decongestants and corticosteroids are the most commonly used medications for allergies.  
  • Shots. Allergy shots use gradual exposure to allergens that can help your immune system desensitize to the trigger. Although we don’t offer shots at GoHealth Urgent Care, we can refer you to a specialist who does. 
  • Nebulizer or Inhaler. If you are having difficulty breathing or cannot take certain medications orally, a breathing treatment can help.
  • Emergency epinephrine. If you are having an anaphylactic reaction, you may require an injection of epinephrine (Epi Pen) which we can provide at GoHealth UC either for immediate use or to carry with you when you need it.

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:

Virtual Visit evaluations are also available 7 days a week.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is allergy season?

Allergy season in the United States usually peaks from mid-February to early summer due to the pollination that occurs in the spring. But, depending on where you live, some people can experience allergies during other times of the year, as well. 

What helps with allergies?

The first step to finding allergy relief is getting the proper diagnosis so you can work with your provider to create a treatment plan for you. The allergy treatment usually requires a combination of environmental changes and medications. When you work closely with your provider, together you can create a long-term plan for allergy management that might include lifestyle changes and medication. 

Are allergies contagious?

No, allergies are not contagious. They are a reaction of the immune system to a specific trigger.  Allergies cannot be spread from person to person. 

Where do I go for an allergic reaction? Urgent care or the ER?

Most allergic reactions are mild and can be easily treated at an urgent care center. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness or severe vomiting due to an allergy, you should go to the ER or call 911. 

Is it COVID-19 or allergies?

If you are sneezing often, congested and have itchy and watery eyes, you are likely suffering from seasonal allergies. If you are short of breath, achy, nauseous or have a fever, it could be something else, and you should contact your medical provider.

The best way to determine whether your symptoms are related to COVID-19 or allergies is by getting tested. We offer COVID-19 testing at our urgent care centers.

Can allergies change as you get older?

Yes, your allergies can change over time and can be related to the area where you live. They can become more or less severe over time.