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About Allergies

People often experience allergy symptoms during the springtime, when there’s a lot of pollen and dust from the outdoors. When you breathe in allergens from the environment or consume food to which your body is unaccustomed, your immune system responds. The immune system treats allergens as harmful substances, resulting in bodily reactions. These can include:

  • Skin inflammation
  • Itchiness
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing

Minor allergies only require simple antihistamine treatment to alleviate symptoms. On the other hand, serious allergic reactions can trigger anaphylaxis, which requires intervention with an EpiPen or possibly intubation. It's best to see a doctor to ensure that your allergic reaction is not fatal. If the provider detects fast swelling or anything else abnormal, they can prescribe medication to decrease it before the reaction escalates into obstructed airways.

GuruMD offers urgent care for allergies, allowing you to speak with a board-certified professional and order prescriptions all from home. Here’s what you should know about allergies before you speak with a professional.

What Are Allergies?

The immune system functions to protect you from harmful substances in the environment. When pollen, dust, dandruff, or any allergens enter the body, these substances jumpstart your immune system. A variety of bodily processes take place during this process, such as the release of mast cells and histamines that in turn trigger external symptoms. 

In the lungs, these chemical signals can cause bronchoconstriction, which results in wheezing. It can dilate the blood vessels to promote blood flow and swelling, leading to inflammation, watery eyes, and itchiness. It is basically the body‘s way of getting rid of foreign invaders.


Symptoms of Allergies

The common symptoms of hayfever or allergic rhinitis are:

  • Itchy eyes, 
  • Itchy nose
  • Runny nose 
  • Watery/swollen eyes
  • Sneezing.

The symptoms of food allergies are:

  • Hives
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, or face.

Insect allergy symptoms are:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling at the sting site.

Symptoms of drug allergies are:

  • Rashes
  • Facial swelling
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Wheezing.

Atopic dermatitis or eczema symptoms are:

  • Flaky/peeling of the skin
  • Itching
  • Redness of the skin.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis are:

  • Skin rashes
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weak pulse
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A drop in blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of consciousness.

How Does GuruMD Treat Allergies?

At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with allergies. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of allergies, all you have to do is create an account to speak with a medical provider. Register online and then visit with a doctor to talk about your allergic symptoms.

The primary treatment strategy is to avoid food, products, plants, or any material that elicits an allergic response. The medical practitioner may prescribe medication that can reduce histamine levels or suppress the immune system to prevent an over-exaggeration of attacks. The doctor may prescribe corticosteroids, anti-histamines, Benadryl, or other similar medications to reduce the allergy symptoms.

To prevent further allergy attacks, our board-certified professionals will interview you about your allergic symptoms and medical history. If you are allergic to a specific type of food or material, then a healthcare provider may ask you a series of questions to pinpoint the kind of things that your body may not react well to. If you get rashes or hives after touching a particular material, the doctor may have you do a skin patch test to see which material causes an allergic reaction. They may also have you go to the lab for a blood and urine test to check for potential food ingredient reactions that you may not already know about.

Are you experiencing any allergies? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.