When it comes to allergies, there are a couple different kinds. Respiratory and food allergies are common, and are often associated with uncomfortable and unwanted symptoms.
Respiratory allergies can include seasonal and pet-related allergies, and often trigger symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, wheezing, rash, or itchy skin.
Tips for Preventing Respiratory Allergies
There are some steps that individuals can take to help prevent allergy symptoms. These include using the air conditioner during warmer seasons to keep reduce indoor humidity and keep pollen at bay, running vent fans when cooking and showering, and avoiding animals that produce dander if allergic to animal hair.
Respiratory Allergy Treatment
There are many treatment options for mild respiratory allergies, including over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal corticosteroids. An ENT physician can also administer corticosteroids via injections.
Many individuals suffer from some form of food allergy, which often come with similar symptoms to respiratory allergies. However, food allergies can progress into serious side effects, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. (Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening emergency. If you or a loved one experiences symptoms of a severe allergy, call 911 immediately.) Common food allergy symptoms include itching of the mouth, swelling of the lips, rash, hives, stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea, or trouble breathing.
Tips for Preventing Food Allergies
Some steps individuals can take to prevent food-related allergic reactions include visiting an allergist to have allergen tests done to determine your food allergies, and checking food labels to avoid allergens. Taking these simple steps could help to avoid a dangerous allergic reaction.
Food Allergy Treatment
If your food allergy symptoms include rash, congestion, or itchy eyes that seem to worsen within minutes, or progresses to more severe symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Those who are aware of a severe food allergy should carry a portable dose of epinephrine prescribed by a physician in case of a serious reaction.
If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory or food allergies, contact Ultra Med Urgent care in the Evanston and Skokie areas today. We will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to control your symptoms.