Allergies are caused by your immune system mistaking a common, everyday substance as a harmful intruder in your body. The common symptoms brought on by allergies are the result of histamines created by the body to fight the perceived intruder, or allergen. Most people suffer from some degree of mild allergies, but in certain individuals they can be much more severe. They can produce minor irritations or put a person into anaphylactic shock, which is potentially life threatening. It is important to seek out treatment if you are constantly suffering from allergies.
Common Substances Linked to Allergies
People can be allergic to all sorts of things, but there are some substances that are very common allergens. Here are just a few of the things that can trigger allergic reactions in your everyday life:
- Animal dander
- Bee stings
- Tree nuts
The symptoms caused by allergies will vary greatly depending on the severity of the allergic reaction. Most people will experience mild symptoms tied to the sinuses, which can often be confused with a common cold. These symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy skin
On the other hand, severe allergic reactions require immediate care. Anaphylaxis is life threatening and can cause your body to go into shock. On top of the mild symptoms which may also be present, some of the symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
- Swelling (lips, tongue, throat, mouth)
- Tightness in chest and trouble breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tingling mouth
IMPORTANT: If you have been diagnosed with a life threatening allergy and are experiencing the symptoms of anaphylaxis, call 911 immediately and administer your epinephrine auto-injector if you have one.
Allergies generally cannot be fully cured, but they can be treated. If you are suffering from mild to moderate allergic reactions, visit AM/PM Walk-in Urgent Care today. We can help alleviate the symptoms of allergies and get you back in good health. We have offices in Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, North Bergen, Englewood, and Allendale. No appointment necessary.