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Allergic Reaction services offered in Houston and Spring, TX

Allergic reactions could be more than a nuisance, as they are life-threatening for some people. At Houston Medical ER in Houston and Spring, Texas, board-certified and board-eligible physicians, as well as ER-trained registered nurses, offer treatments for allergic reactions to help you feel better and reduce your risk of complications. To receive care for an allergic reaction, call or simply walk in today – no appointment needed.

Allergic Reaction Q & A

What is an allergic reaction?

Allergic reactions are symptoms that occur after exposure to substances that your body’s immune system negatively reacts to. Some allergic reactions are minor and not a cause for concern, while others are life-threatening. Head to Houston Medical ER at the first sign of difficulty breathing, facial or throat swelling, or other signs of a severe reaction.

What are the common symptoms of allergic reactions?

Common symptoms of allergic reactions include:

  • Facial, throat, or airway swelling
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rash
  • Itching skin
  • Blisters
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Scratchy throat
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Problems swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Purple or red dots on skin

Signs and symptoms that indicate a rash is serious include fever, pain, sudden spreading of bruise-like lesions, a circular-shaped rash, or blisters. Purple spots that appear on your feet or hands could be a sign of a heart infection.

When in doubt about whether you need treatment from a medical professional, see the Houston Medical ER team for an evaluation. 

What are common allergens?

Common allergens that might cause your body to react negatively include:

  • Nuts, shellfish, and other foods
  • Pet dander
  • Bee stings
  • Other insect bites
  • Penicillin, aspirin, or other medicines
  • Some plants
  • Mold 
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites

Allergic reactions to these or other potential allergens might be mild, moderate, severe, or life-threatening in some instances. 

How does my ER doctor treat allergic reactions?

Your treatment depends on the severity of the allergic reaction. Your Houston Medical ER provider may recommend watchful waiting, medications, an emergency epinephrine shot, or even CPR in severe cases. If you have mild symptoms, you may not need any treatment.

What happens during allergy testing?

To find out what you’re allergic to and avoid future allergic reactions, your specialist might recommend skin prick tests, elimination food testing, blood tests, or a combination of these allergy tests. Treating allergic reactions might include taking oral pills, using nasal sprays or eye drops, receiving allergy shots, or carrying emergency epinephrine with you at all times.

If you or a loved one has a severe allergic reaction, call Houston Medical ER or walk in today.

For any medical procedure, patients respond to treatment differently, hence each patient's results may vary.
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