It’s common for many people have some sort of allergy. Allergies are affected by your genetic makeup and the environment.
Normally, the immune system protects your body against harmful things like bacteria and viruses, which are foreign substances. But, your body also reacts to allergens, which are also foreign. These are typically harmless and do not cause a problem. However, for someone with allergies, the immune system over responds and the body releases histamines, which cause allergy symptoms.
Some even have allergic reactions to extreme temperatures, sunlight, or other environmental causes.
Allergies are not usually hereditary. However, if both parents have allergies, their children are likely to have allergies. There is also a higher chance if your mother has allergies.
Allergies may worsen some medical conditions, like asthma, sinus problems, or eczema.
New England Urgent Care can perform a physical exam and evaluate your situation, like asking when the allergy occurs. And, provide allergy testing to determine whether your symptoms are caused by an allergic reaction or something else all together.
- Some medications can cause non-allergic reactions, like a rash
- Food poisoning may cause symptoms similar to food allergies
- A runny nose or cough may actually be from an infection
Treatment for Allergies
Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) need to be immediately treated with epinephrine.
New England Urgent Care can administer several types of medications to prevent and treat allergies, depending on the type and severity of your symptoms, your age, and overall health.
Tips for Reducing Indoor Allergens
- Want to reduce swollen, puffy eyes/face? Prop your head up on two pillows when sleeping
- Reduce dust mites and mold spores keeping the indoor humidity below 50 percent with a dehumidifier or adjusting the setting on your air conditioning system
- Shower before bedtime to wash off any pollen
- Wipe your pet’s feet when they come in from outdoors to wipe away outdoor allergens
- Vacuum rugs and mop floors regularly
- Change your bedding sheets weekly and wash them in hot water
- Avoid using gel styling products during high-pollen days as allergens tend to stick to the gel