Itchy eyes, runny nose, and respiratory issues: these are just a few of the symptoms that are a part of everyday life for people who suffer from allergies. One in five Americans deals with allergies, making it the fifth leading chronic disease in the country. If you are one of these people, relief may be just around the corner in the form of immunotherapy prescribed by your King of Prussia allergy doctor. Immunotherapy is suitable for allergy patients of all ages, including children. Don’t let allergies get you down—check out this infographic to learn more about how immunotherapy could help you. Please share to help your fellow allergy sufferers breathe a sigh of relief!
Anaphylactic shock is a severe and potentially life-threatening body-wide allergic reaction. This reaction may be brought on by many types of allergies, such as food, insect, or drug allergies. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis and seek medical care as soon as possible in order to treat this serious condition.
Know the Symptoms
- Anaphylactic shock is caused by the sudden triggering of an allergy. Its symptoms often occur within minutes of contact with an allergen. A sudden drop in blood pressure may cause dizziness or fainting. The narrowing of airways and swelling of the throat, mouth, or tongue in response to an allergen can cause difficulty or even inability to breathe. Other symptoms include hives or a rash on the skin, vomiting or nausea, a weak and racing pulse, and an impending feeling of doom or disaster.
Stay Calm and Seek Help
- The most important thing you can do in cases of anaphylactic shock is to remain calm. Assess the situation and call an emergency number such as 911, or visit an emergency medical facility immediately for treatment. If anaphylaxis has caused the cessation of breathing or a heartbeat, CPR may be administered. Many people who are at risk for such a severe allergic reaction carry a one-use epinephrine autoinjector, sometimes known as an EpiPen. If an injector is available, use it as soon as possible by injecting the medication into the thigh.
- Even if symptoms improve after an EpiPen injection, professional medical care to address the situation is still needed. Inform paramedics or doctors that you have administered epinephrine and keep the injector for identification if possible. You should also inform medical staff of the allergen and, if possible, how contact occurred.
Anaphylactic shock can be managed and prevented with the treatment available from the allergy doctors at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. We specialize in providing effective, state-of-the-art asthma and allergy treatment throughout Pennsylvania. Visit our website for more allergy and emergency information, or call 1(800)86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight locations.
Asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, often have external triggers. These triggers can occur outdoors or indoors, and they may vary from child to child. Identifying your child’s asthma triggers and reducing exposure to them can help your child breathe easier.
While asthma cannot be cured, it can be successfully managed to provide a higher quality of life. Working with your child’s doctor will allow you to develop an asthma control plan to prevent asthma attacks. In this video, you will learn how children with asthma can continue to lead healthy, active lives.
At Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM, we can help you and your child understand and avoid asthma triggers and symptoms. We proudly provide the gold standard in allergy and asthma care for children and adults in King of Prussia. Call 1(800)86-COUGH or check out our website for asthma and allergy care information.
For many people, severe allergies make it difficult to work and even enjoy an everyday life. While many over-the-counter remedies are available, these medications may not be sufficient to fully address your allergy symptoms. Rather than continue to suffer, visiting an allergy doctor can open the door to restoring your quality of life with stronger, more effective treatment.
Your Allergies Are Disrupting Your Life
- When your allergies have gone beyond simple annoyance and begin to significantly disrupt your enjoyment of life, it’s time to visit an allergy doctor and discuss your options. If you have tried every over-the-counter allergy medication available and still cannot get the full relief you’re seeking, visiting an allergist for professional evaluation should be your next course of action.
Your Allergies Never Seem to Go Away
- Allergies that last more than a few months may not be as seasonal as you think. If you experience chronic congestion or recurring sinus infections, it is a sign that more effective treatment is needed. Identifying the root cause of your allergies with the help of an allergy doctor will ensure that they are being treated in the most appropriate way. If you are taking copious amounts of over-the-counter medication and continuing to suffer allergy symptoms or if the over-the counter medications make you feel drowsy or nervous, a better alternative can be found by consulting an allergist.
You Have Difficulty Breathing or Chest Tightness
- If, at any time, you become worried about your ability to breathe, you should see a doctor about your condition. If you experience wheezing, gasping for breath, or a feeling of tightness in your chest, over-the-counter allergy medications are not enough to address these symptoms. Your allergies should be diagnosed by an allergist so that a more effective method of treatment can be found.
Don’t let your allergies run your life. Visit any one of the eight Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM locations in Pennsylvania and find the relief you need to enjoy a full and healthy life. Call us today at 1(800) 86-COUGH number for the answers to your allergy questions or click on our website for more information about our allergy doctors and services.
This is a special reminder from Allergy & Asthma Specialists that spring is just around the corner. We suggest that you schedule to see your allergist now so you are prepared for the upcoming season. Don’t wait until the busy allergy season. Call 1(800)86-COUGH today.