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How to spot an allergic reaction

By Buffalo Medical Group | May 9 2018 | Doctor Tips

According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), every three minutes, someone is sent to the emergency room due to a food related allergic reaction. Allergic reactions aren’t always obvious, but they can be extremely dangerous.

Our Allergy & Immunology specialists are answering some questions about allergies to make sure you know how to spot an allergic reaction, no matter the person’s age, and how to stay healthy.

Which foods cause the majority of allergic reactions?

Although you can be allergic to anything, there are a few foods that cause most allergic reactions – these are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, soy and wheat.

What are common warning signs & symptoms of a mild allergic reaction?

  • Itchy tongue
  • Mouth tingling
  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild stomach pain
  • Sneezing

What are common warning signs & symptoms of a severe allergic reaction?

  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Swelling of lips, eyes or tongue
  • Hives
  • Repetitive cough
  • Shortness of breath/wheezing
  • Weakened pulse
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling dizzy/faint (drop in blood pressure)
  • Loss of consciousness

What is Anaphylaxis?

  • Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that typically happens within minutes of exposure to an allergen. It causes your immune system to go into shock – dropping your blood pressure, closing your airways, and preventing you from breathing. Symptoms may also include vomiting and skin rashes. For those who suffer from severe allergic reactions, it’s important to understand your treatment plan, and carry an EPI pen on you at all times.

When do allergies typically develop?

Most individuals who have severe allergies develop them at a very young age, but you can develop allergies at any stage of life. Allergies developed at an older age typically are less severe, but if you feel you may have an allergy, it’s important to go see an allergist to be tested.

 

What should you do if you think you’re allergic to something?

Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified Allergy & Immunology specialists. Our physicians see patients of all ages, and can help you with a range of allergy symptoms and protect you from having a reaction.

Learn more about our Allergy & Immunology team, and schedule an appointment in Orchard Park or Williamsville offices today.