Our Highly Trained Doctors Can Diagnose and Treat a Variety of Allergies
Allergies can strike without warning, leaving you with itchy skin, swollen lips, or even nausea and vomiting. In more severe cases, untreated allergies could even cause life-threatening anaphylactic shock. If your allergies are debilitating and affecting your well-being, visit our urgent care center in Flushing, NY, immediately to receive quick and effective services and treatment. Knowing what you are allergic to in advance can help prevent serious complications from developing, as well as improve your quality of life. Our clinic has treated thousands of patients for over 30 years and is well-known in the area for providing quality care in a clean and comfortable environment.
Types of Allergies
Allergies are an immune system disorder that affect over 40 million people in the United States. Side effects, such as watery eyes, difficulty breathing, and itchy skin can occur when your body senses an infection. These symptoms are the result of your body producing histamines as a way to flush the toxins out of your system. Allergic reactions can range from mild irritation to anaphylaxis. When this occurs, it is vital that you visit our urgent care facility immediately.
Allergies are an immune system disorder that affect over 40 million people in the United States.
Common triggers can include:
Seasonal and Environmental: Budding trees and shifts in weather during the spring, fall, or even after rainfall can trigger allergic reactions to dust, pollen, flowers, grass, and trees.
Animal: Cat and dog allergies are quite common. Pets themselves are not the culprit, but rather the dander on their skin or the grass and pollen they bring in from outside.
Insects: It is not uncommon to experience swelling and itchy skin after being stung by a bee, mosquito, fire ant, or wasp. In some cases, side effects can be severe or life-threatening and require immediate action.
Medication: Certain medications, such as amoxicillin and penicillin can cause hives, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing. Any time new medication is added, it is important to be aware of how your body responds to determine if you are developing an allergic reaction.
Foods: Common food allergies include gluten, wheat, milk, eggs, nuts, shellfish, and soy. An allergic reaction can range from mild itching to difficulty breathing.
Chemical: This can include reactions to perfume, cleaners, shampoos, detergents, or anything applied to your skin.
Allergy Signs and Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of allergic reactions can include:
- Itchy skin or rashes
- Hives or skin irritation
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Tingling mouth
- Swollen lips, face, tongue, or throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Headaches or migraines
Treating Severe Allergies
The type of treatment will depend on the severity of your allergies. If anaphylaxis does occur, you need to call 911 or visit the nearest urgent care facility to receive immediate treatment. At First Med Immediate Medical Care, we will immediately administer epinephrine to reduce swelling and hives, stimulate the heart, and increase blood pressure. We will then carefully monitor you for any other life-threatening complications.
The best way to prevent a severe reaction from occurring is to know your triggers, avoid them, and to be prepared for an allergic reaction when it occurs. Ask your doctor to provide you with an epinephrine injection kit and make your loved ones, roommates, and colleagues aware of your allergy so they can help administer treatment if a severe reaction occurs.
Relieve the Symptoms of Allergies
If you are experiencing adverse side effects because of allergies, we urge you to contact our facility online to schedule a consultation. You can also call First Med Immediate Medical Care at (718) 224-8855 to schedule your appointment. Our doctors can help diagnose what is causing your allergies and provide effective treatment to remedy your symptoms.