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:
- 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
- Chest tightness
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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.