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Allergies

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Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch

Urgent Care & Family Care located in Austin, TX

Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans and are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Allergies are also increasing, meaning a growing percentage of people develop them every year. Fortunately, the team of board-certified physicians and clinical staff at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch can help you manage your allergies. To learn more about allergy care, call the office in Austin, Texas, or request an appointment online for quality health care and affordable prices.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Those who suffer from allergies produce a hypersensitive immunological response when they touch, eat, or even inhale certain substances called allergens. Some of the most common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Lactose and dairy products
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Mold
  • Insect venom
  • Latex
  • Some drugs or medications

The average person doesn't have an allergic response when exposed to these substances. However, if a person has an allergy to a substance, their body reacts to that substance as if it was dangerous to their wellbeing and tries to fight it off. 

What are the common symptoms of allergies?

Allergens can cause different symptoms in different people. For example, pet dander may cause one person to break out with a skin rash or hives while another person may react by sneezing and having itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose. 

Common allergic symptoms include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Hives and other skin rashes
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Itchy watery eyes
  • Wheezing breath
  • Sneezing

The most severe allergic reaction is anaphylactic shock. This allergic response is extreme and can lead to difficulty breathing, vomiting, nausea, and a weak or irregular pulse. Anaphylactic shock can be life-threatening if not treated immediately. 

When does an allergic reaction require urgent care attention?

Your decision about seeking urgent care should depend on the severity of your allergic reaction. For non-life-threatening symptoms, visit Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch. If you or someone with you shows any of the following signs, you should contact emergency services:

  • Swollen lips, tongue or throat 
  • Fainting or passing out
  • Trouble breathing or wheezing 
  • Tightness in the throat or feeling constriction in the airways 
  • Any other symptoms of anaphylaxis 
  • Nausea or vomiting 

You can visit Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch if your allergic symptoms are severe enough to disrupt your normal activities, and over-the-counter treatments are not providing relief.

How are allergies treated at urgent care?

The team at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch is able to provide you with prescription-strength antihistamines and steroids to combat the symptoms of your allergies. They can also give recommendations on how you can make lifestyle adjustments to reduce your risk of exposure to allergens.

If allergies are interfering with your life, call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch or request an appointment using the online tool.