Allergic Reactions During World Allergy Week… and Every Day

Woman with allergies using tissue outdoors during World Allergy Week

You may not have known it, but World Allergy Week fell on April 2-8 in 2019. Or, maybe you were experiencing some unexpected allergy-related symptoms and wondered if there was a reason for it! Either way, the unplanned symptoms may have caused you to search for an ER in Abilene or an ER near you to find relief. Keep reading to learn more about treatment for allergic reactions.

You’re Not Alone

If there’s comfort in numbers, you should find comfort in knowing that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that every year, over 50 million Americans succumb to the most common allergy symptom of an itchy, runny nose. The cause for this reaction is simple: there’s something in your immediate environment – either indoors or outdoors – that triggers your immune system to release histamines to counter the attack. As an example, pollen and mold can peak at different times of the year depending on your environment. This means that while most people associate allergies and allergic reactions to the spring – they can in fact happen any time of the year. That’s why our emergency room in Abilene is staffed with medical personnel and equipped with treatment options for every day of the year!

Other Common Allergies

Some of the most common allergies, apart from seasonal and mold allergies, include:

  • Animal dander
  • Bee stings
  • Dust mites
  • Certain medications
  • Certain foods
  • Latex or other synthetic materials

Symptoms to Look For

As mentioned, one of the first things that occurs during an allergic reaction is that histamines are released. And when that happens, your body goes into overdrive t’s important to remember that allergy symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening, so monitoring is recommended and medical intervention often suggested.

  • If your allergy is food related, you’ll probably feel a tingling in your mouth or lips. You may even develop hives or experience anaphylaxis which required immediate medical attention.
  • If your allergy is skin-related, such as eczema, you may also develop hives, a runny nose, and skin redness.
  • If your allergy is related to an insect sting, there will usually be swelling associated with the bite (or sting) along with a shortness of breath and chest tightness.

Anaphylaxis Equals Emergency

Because anaphylaxis can transition from a mild symptom to an emergency, life-threatening situation with little notice, it’s always recommended that you keep your contact information for urgent care in Abilene readily available.

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