Allergies

Allergies start when your body reacts to a substance that would typically be considered harmless. The body may respond to allergens by producing substances such as histamine that cause allergy symptoms.

Allergy symptoms may be caused by:

  • Hay fever or seasonal allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Insect stings
  • Drug allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

Symptoms can vary from mild to severe depending on the cause and the reaction to the allergen.
Common allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itching of the eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Watery, red, or swollen eyes
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Skin rashes and itching

More severe symptoms include:

  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
  • Hives
  • Chest tightness
  • Anaphylaxis

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Our healthcare providers can provide treatment options to help control allergies symptoms that have not responded to over-the-counter medications. Severe allergies may require that you carry an epinephrine auto-injector (Epi-Pen) to treat severe allergic reactions.
In addition to medications, you can take these additional measures to prevent symptoms from allergies:

  • Avoid known triggers for allergies.
  • Stay inside when pollen counts are high.
  • Dust, vacuum, and wash bedding frequently.
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace to let others know if you have a severe allergy.