What are Severe Allergies?
While allergies are common and typically not life-threatening, some allergies cause reactions that require immediate medical attention. A severe allergic reaction is also known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a whole body reaction to a chemical that has turned into an allergen or substance that causes an allergic reaction. Tissues in the body begin to release histamine and other substances which cause airways to tighten making it difficult to breath. Anaphylaxis is severe and occurs quickly after exposure. The most common causes of anaphylaxis is a severe drug allergy, good allergy, or insect bite or sting. Seasonal allergies like pollen and other inhaled allergies rarely cause severe allergies.
Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include any of the following:
- Abdominal pain
- Abnormal breathing sounds
- Chest discomfort or tightness
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dizziness or light headedness
- Nasal congestion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin redness
- Slurred speech
- Swelling of the face, eyes and tongue
If you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction it’s important to seek medical treatment right away.
Treatments & Therapies
There are exams and tests you can take to discover any foods, bug bites/stings, or drugs you may be severely allergic to. Physicians can perform an allergy test which involves introducing the body to small amounts of popular allergens and testing the body’s reaction. Allergy tests can be lifesaving for a person with severe allergies. Once you have been diagnosed with a severe allergy it’s important to avoid any exposure.
A severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis is an emergency conditions and required immediate medical condition. Call 911 if you or someone you know is experiencing anaphylaxis. Check the person’s airway, breathing and circulation. Keep the person calm. Patients with allergies can seek treatment through allergy shots. However, an allergy shot does not ensure prevention of anaphylaxis if the person is exposed.
Treatment at Dayton Dandes Medical Center
At Dayton Dandes Medical Center our physicians are trained to handle patients with severe allergies. We work with patients to get severe allergies under control and manageable. By utilizing both conventional medicine and alternative techniques our doctors can help you through even the toughest allergy season. Browse our services and therapies online, or call to make an appointment today. We’re here to help you get on a path to better health.