Feb 16, 2023

Your Guide to Handling Allergic Reactions

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Allergic reactions can be scary and uncomfortable to experience, but with the right knowledge and preparation, you can minimize their impact and keep yourself or your loved ones safe. Below, we will provide you with a basic understanding of allergic reactions and tips on how to handle them.

What Are Allergic Reactions?

Allergic reactions occur when your body’s immune system overreacts to a substance, known as an allergen. The allergen can be anything from food to medication, pet dander, or pollen. When you come into contact with an allergen, your immune system releases histamine and other chemicals that can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe.

Symptoms of Allergic Reactions

The symptoms of allergic reactions can vary depending on the severity of the reaction. Common symptoms include:
  • Hives or rash
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fainting
If you experience any of these symptoms after coming into contact with an allergen, seek medical attention immediately. Severe allergic reactions, also known as anaphylaxis, can be life-threatening and require emergency treatment. Here are some ways you can handle an allergic reaction:

1. Avoid the Allergen

The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen. If you know you are allergic to something, take steps to avoid it. For example, if you have a food allergy, read food labels carefully, and ask about ingredients before eating at a restaurant. If you have a pet allergy, avoid contact with pets or consider allergy shots to reduce your sensitivity.

2. Carry Necessary Medication

If you have a known severe allergy, carry EpiPen with you at all times. This can help you quickly treat an allergic reaction and prevent it from becoming severe. Make sure you know how to use your EpiPen and that it is not expired.

3. Know When to Seek Medical Attention

If you experience any symptoms of anaphylaxis, seek medical attention immediately. Anaphylaxis can cause swelling of the airways, making it difficult to breathe, and can lead to a loss of consciousness. Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you experience anaphylaxis

4. Educate Others

If you have a severe allergy, it’s essential to educate those around you about your condition. Teach your family, friends, and co-workers how to recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction and how to administer your medication if needed.

An allergic reaction can cause be a simple nuisance, or it can lead to an emergency. Crisp Regional’s Allergy/Immunology team is here to help you diagnose and treat your allergies so that you can stay safe and healthy.

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