Urgent & Emergency Care for Allergies

When to See Us for Allergies

An allergy is an overreaction by your body’s immune system to something you contact in the environment. Sources of allergic reactions, called allergens, vary widely, and can include certain plants, animals, insects, molds, foods, chemicals, medicines, and consumer products. Many allergens are linked to seasonal change (for example, the release of plant pollens during spring, summer, or fall). 

Allergies are a common form of illness. Symptoms range from moderate to severe. Milder symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Sinus congestion and a runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy skin, throat, eyes, or ears
  • Mucous drainage
  • Congested ear canals.

In the most serious cases, allergies can lead to anaphylactic shock and death.

When Should I Seek Treatment for Allergies? 

Allergies are treatable. We can help you identify the source or sources of your allergy, so that you can take steps to minimize its impact on your life. Even if your symptoms are mild, being proactive may prevent your allergy from growing more severe in the future. 

The most serious forms of an allergic reaction call for emergency care. Seek help immediately if you or a loved one experience: 

  • A feeling of tightness in the chest
  • Accelerating heart rate
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe anxiety
  • Swelling of the face, mouth, or tongue.

To learn more about allergies or to find an allergist near you, visit our Allergy & Asthma Care section.

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