Allergies, Allergies, Allergies

Sniff, sniff.  Cough, cough. Scratch, scratch.

Hmmm.  Must be allergy season.

Well, since it always seems to be allergy season here in Texas, someone is always looking for relief. And if the cause isn’t seasonal, then they can happen anytime the body reacts to an allergen.

Allergies come in many types, sizes and causes.  And there are a range of symptoms.

Allergies are the immune system’s response to a foreign substance not typically harmful to the body.  Allergens range from foods to pollens to pet dander.  Some people are more sensitive to some allergens than to others and some people, not at all.

Symptoms range, too, from congestion, runny nose and swollen eyes for seasonal allergies; to allergic reactions that result in:

  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Sore throat
  • Hives
  • Swollen eyes
  • Itching and burning

As for relief, here are some of the things you can do to relieve your symptoms and breath again. Most are medications that include these over-the-counter (OTC) medication types:

  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Decongestants

There are also a number of prescribed medications that should only be dispensed and managed by medical professionals.

When should you seek professional help?  That is, when should you visit an acute care center?

  • When your symptoms become unmanageable and your regular physician is unavailable.
  • If your symptoms become life-threatening:
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Lightheadedness
    • Loss of consciousness

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

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