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Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions can affect many different parts of the body, and can range from mild to very severe. At McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic, our physicians are trained to recognize signs of allergic symptoms, and to prescribe medications or other measures that can help alleviate the effects of allergies. If you have experienced any of the following reactions in response to elements of your environment, including indoor substances (dust, mildew and indoor mold, animal dander); outdoor substances (pollen, mold spores, etc.); or drugs, we urge you to make an appointment at our facility to promptly diagnose your condition.

Skin Reactions

The skin of allergic individuals may respond to allergens in several ways. These include hives (urticaria), eczema, swelling (angioedema), or other rashes. These symptoms can be merely irritating or extremely debilitating, depending on the extent of the allergy. Sometimes, two or more of these symptoms can occur simultaneously. Skin reactions usually result from ingestion of allergic substances (such as food) rather than inhalation, though this is not always the case.

Respiratory and Eye Reactions

When you inhale an allergen, your respiratory system becomes irritated. Symptoms include nasal or chest congestion; wheezing; coughing; itchy or watery eyes; itchy throat; and itchy or runny nose. Like the skin reactions, these symptoms can range from very mild to very serious.

Generalized Reactions

In severe reactions, a condition known as anaphylaxis may occur. Anaphylaxis is characterized by a multiple of the following: swelling of the throat or tongue; hives over a large portion of the body; dizziness; difficulty breathing; nausea; and in some cases, shock or loss of consciousness.

If you have experienced moderate to severe symptoms like those described above, or think you might be at risk for severe allergic reactions, it is imperative that you see an allergist about your condition. At McGovern, our allergists make certain severely allergic patients fully understand the warning signs of oncoming reactions and are equipped with proper emergency medical tools, such as epinephrine devices. To schedule an appointment for allergy testing, or to discuss your allergy symptoms with one of our physicians, please contact our office or submit an appointment request using our online form.