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    Urgent Care | Prescription Refills
    Was It A Medication Allergy Or A Side Effect? 1024 678 Statcare Urgent Medical Care

    Was It A Medication Allergy Or A Side Effect?

     

    A true allergic reaction to a medication occurs when the immune system is activated in response to a drug. The medication can be taken by mouth, injected into the body (by any route) or rubbed on the skin. The symptoms from an allergic reaction vary from a mild rash to sudden swelling of many body parts with life threatening fall in blood pressure.

    Most people with a medication allergy have been exposed to the medication or a similar medication (same class) before. During the earlier exposure, immune cells formed antibodies against the drug. Antibodies are proteins created by the immune system to battle bacteria/viruses. When a person is exposed to the medication again, the antibodies go into action, setting off the allergic response. The symptoms of medication allergy may happen immediately or after taking the medication for a week or more.

    Many people are sensitive to medications, but not all of these sensitivities are true allergic reactions. Some adverse reactions to medications are side effects. Among the most common side effects are diarrhea, vomiting, fever and a skin reaction to sunlight called photo-sensitivity. However, medication allergies are not the same as side effects. Side effects do not involve the immune system, and sometimes can be avoided by lowering the dose. In order for the reaction to be an allergy, the immune system must be involved.

    Walk-in to any of our clinics and talk to our healthcare providers. We also offer blood allergy testing at all our clinics. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (917) 310-3371  and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

    Symptoms of an acute severe allergic reaction such as rapid pulse, labored breathing and facial swelling require an immediate visit to an emergency care facility.

    Allergic Rhinitis, Hay Fever, Spring Allergies, Fall Allergies
    Don’t Wait: Nip Your Allergies In The Bud Now 1024 768 Statcare Urgent Medical Care

    Don’t Wait: Nip Your Allergies In The Bud Now

    Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, affects approximately 20 percent of people of all ages. The most common symptoms include nasal itching, watery nasal discharge, sneezing, itchy red eyes and sore throat.

    It is caused by a nasal reaction to small airborne particles called allergens (substances that cause an allergic reaction). In some people, these particles also cause reactions in the lungs (asthma) and eyes (allergic conjunctivitis). One of the first steps in treating any allergic condition is to avoid or minimize exposure to the allergens that cause the condition.

    Identifying The Allergen

    There are four major categories of allergens that trigger allergic rhinitis:

    • Pollen (spring and summer – trees, grass; fall – ragweed)
    • Insects (house dust mites, cockroaches)
    • Animal allergens (skin, fur, feathers, saliva)
    • Molds

    Tips to Avoid Each Type of Allergens

    Pollen:

    1. Close the windows of your car and home.
    2. Use air conditioners to filter the air during times of peak symptoms.
    3. Use a mask while grass cutting or wood cutting.
    4. Avoid irritants like dust and fumes.
    5. Take a shower before bed. This removes allergens from hair and skin and can help reduce contamination of the bedding.
    6. Over-the-counter saline sprays and rinses can be used after being outdoors to wash away allergens from the nasal lining.

    Insects:

    1. Exposure to dust mites can be reduced by encasing pillows, mattresses, box springs, comforters, and furniture in mite-impermeable barriers.
    2. Wash sheets and blankets weekly in warm water with detergent and dry them in a dryer.
    3. Vacuum with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
    4. Dust regularly.
    5. Don’t sleep on upholstered furniture (e.g., couches).
    6. Reduce the amount of clutter in the room.
    7. Clean carpets and drapes regularly.
    8. It may be necessary to use pest control methods.
    9. Keep food and trash in covered containers, clean food scraps from the floor and counter-tops.
    10. Seal cracks in the walls, door and floors.

    Animal Allergens:

    1. If you are found to be allergic to a pet, the most effective option is to remove the pet from the home. Limiting an animal to a certain area in the house is not effective because allergens are carried on clothing or spread in the air.
    2. Clean carpets, sofas, curtain and bedding regularly.

    Mold:

    1. To reduce the growth of mold at home, it is necessary to remove existing mold and also to reduce humidity to prevent future growth of mold. Humidity can be reduced by removing sources of standing water and persistent dampness.
    2. Remove house plants, fix leaky plumbing, correct sinks and showers that do not drain completely.
    3. Remove bathroom carpeting that is exposed to steam and moisture.
    4. Use exhaust fans in the bathroom when bathing.
    5. Dehumidify damp areas to levels below 50%.
    6. Indoor garbage pails should be regularly disinfected.
    7. Old books, newspapers and clothing should be discarded or donated rather than stored.
    8. Water damaged carpets and wall or ceiling boards should be thrown out.

    We offer blood allergy testing at all our clinics. With the lab-work, you will be able to determine what kind of substances could be your specific triggers. Tests can be done for common allergens such as plant pollen, molds, dust mites, animal dander an various foods such as peanuts, eggs, wheat, shellfish and milk. Walk-in to any of our clinics and talk to our providers. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (917) 310-3371  and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

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