Although Chicago is a wonderful places to live, no one is immune to allergies. Allergies afflict every man, woman and child, causing itchy watery eyes, sore throats, hives, rashes and even swollen airways that can be potentially deadly.
The toughest amongst us may be inclined to simply wait out the agony; the frugal amongst us may be tempted to skip treatment in order to save the money. But receiving proper treatment for allergies is vital to maintaining good health.
Everything is an allergen
There are many types of allergies, and each has a different set of symptoms, ranging from merely annoying to life threatening. Because there are so many types of allergies and so many symptoms, knowing what to do can be difficult. Therefore, it is important to know the types of allergies and the specific symptoms for each. Below is a list of allergies you may experience:
- Drug allergies
- Food allergies
- Contact dermatitis
- Material allergies
- Allergic asthma
- Seasonal allergies
- Animal allergies
- Particulate allergies
Swollen lips might look funny, but allergic reactions are no joke. Most serious allergic reactions will reveal themselves in two or more parts of the body, but the areas of reaction and severity may differ from case to case and person to person. Areas you may see an allergic reaction in include:
Lungs: Symptoms involving the lungs include breathing problems, coughing, wheezing, congestion, sneezing and hoarseness.
Cardiovascular system: Heart problems associated with allergies include low blood pressure, dizziness, rapid heart rate and chest pain.
Skin: Skin-related symptoms include sweating, hives, pale or flush skin, itchy skin and swelling.
Mouth: Allergic reactions in the lips include swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue and throat.
Stomach and digestive track: Symptoms involving the stomach and digestive track include abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.
Allergy response 101
Many of these symptoms can be taken care of at home with antihistamines, decongestants and hydrocortisone skin cream. Sometimes, though, the care of a professional is necessary. Anytime someone is having a hard time breathing, they should be immediately transported to an emergency facility. Even if the symptoms begin to subside, the person should still see a professional.
Over the counter options for seasonal allergies like Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec and Benadryl are often suggested as emergency antihistamines. If you have persistent seasonal allergies that cause skin problems, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, coughing or congestion your primary care physician can also help.
If you find yourself needing medical attention for an allergic reaction or any other medical need, Innovative Express Care serves all Chicago residents. We provide comfortable, fast primary and urgent care, and are happy to see you when you need us.
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