Allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis, affect approximately 50 million people in the United States each year. This common health condition can be fatal under certain circumstances without proper medical care. Dr. Daniel Benhuri is a primary care doctor who provides comprehensive allergic reactions treatment for families in the Los Angeles area in California.
Symptoms of Allergic Reactions
Reactions can occur in a target area or spread across the entire body. These reactions can vary depending on the type of allergen. Symptoms of allergic reactions may include sneezing, itching, nasal congestion and watery eyes. You may also experience wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and chest tightness. Food allergies may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and hives.
You may experience a reaction immediately after exposure or hours to days later. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can become life-threatening without prompt medical treatment. The main symptom experienced with anaphylaxis is shock, which can result in death. Other severe reactions needing urgent care include abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, severe drop in blood pressure and unconsciousness.
Causes of Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions occur when your body identifies a substance that it considers harmful. Anything can become a trigger, based on a person’s unique immune system. Common allergens include pollen, dust mites, mold, food and animal dander. Risk factors for individuals can include asthma, lung conditions, nasal polyps, frequent infections and sensitive skin.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Allergic Reactions
Your doctor may perform a physical exam and allergen tests to diagnose an allergic reaction.
Anti-allergy or antihistamine medications are the most common treatment options after removing the known trigger. Corticosteroid sprays can relieve nasal inflammation with certain allergic reactions. Severe reactions may require oxygen therapy for breathing difficulties or epinephrine to boost blood pressure.
Beverly Hills Allergic Reactions Treatment
Allergic reactions are a serious medical condition that can affect your overall quality of life and well-being. You can prevent the uncomfortable symptoms of this disorder once you can identify the triggers causing it. Dr. Daniel Benhuri can help you achieve relief with a customized treatment plan ideal for your unique needs. Same day appointments and virtual or in-person consultations are available. Schedule an appointment today.