Consult an Online Doctor For Allergies

Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with some kind of allergy, with over 32 million people suffering from food allergies in the US alone. While some cases aren’t as severe, others can result in death. But what are allergies?

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Allergies are a natural bodily reaction to generally harmless substances or allergens such as pollen, animal dander, certain foods, and more. Your body’s immune or defense system gets triggered to react by these substances, causing a lot of discomfort and pain.
Some people break out into mild rashes and suffer from hives and watery eyes, while others suffer from more severe reactions depending on their body and immune system. Surprisingly, with how common allergies are, there still isn’t any cure but treatments like antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids, and immunotherapy.

Different types of allergies

Even though a lot of people might suffer from the same kind of symptoms and allergic reactions, there are a plethora of different types of allergies and ways to prevent and significantly reduce them.
Seasonal allergies
Commonly known as hay fever, seasonal allergies are caused by pollen, generally causing inflammation, swelling, congestion, stuffy nose, watery eyes.
You can stay indoors, avoid opening your windows in order to reduce contact and allergic reactions to pollen. Over-the-counter medication, oral antihistamines, nasal steroids, and nasal antihistamines are your best friends when it comes to finding relief.
Food allergies
One of the most common types of allergies is food allergies that trigger a negative response in your body due to specific foods. Most adults and children are allergic to dairy, soy, seafood, peanuts, triggering an immune response within minutes of eating the food.
Symptoms typically include diarrhea, itching, nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulties, hives, and swelling around the mouth area. For most people, it can be challenging to avoid these foods and stay safe from allergic reactions but keeping prescribed injectable epinephrine (adrenaline) with you at all times can be a lifesaver.


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Common symptoms and causes

Allergic symptoms are generally classified into mild, moderate, and severe categories in the medical world.
Breaking out into rashes or hives, itchiness, or suffering from watery/red eyes and runny nose is usually considered a mild allergic reaction as they only affect certain parts of the body and don’t spread to other areas.  
On the other hand, moderate reactions like itchiness, hives, swelling, and breathing issues don’t stick to a particular area and spread to other body parts.
Lastly, the worst of the bunch, a severe allergic reaction, or more commonly known as anaphylaxis, is a rare but life-threatening situation in which your entire body suddenly reacts to the allergens.
It starts with itchiness around your face and slowly becomes more severe as you find it difficult to swallow and breathe. Other symptoms of anaphylaxis are abdominal pain, vomiting, cramps, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, hives and diarrhea.
Depending on your type of allergy and allergens, symptoms can vary greatly and from person to person. If you’re allergic to pollen, your airways, nasal passage, sinuses, and nose are more likely to suffer the consequences.  
While with food allergies, your skin, digestive system, mouth, and throat are more likely to deal with an allergic reaction. You’re also more likely to go into an anaphylaxis shock if you ingest your allergens.
Other allergies like insect stings cause swelling in the area, itchiness, hives, coughing, shortness of breath, and in more severe cases, anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis symptoms

Even though severe allergic reactions might be rare, there are not entirely non-existent. Most people don’t realize they’re dealing with a life-threatening medical emergency until it’s too late.
Anaphylaxis can send your body into a shock. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include unconsciousness, dropping blood pressure, shortness of breath, skin rashes, dizziness, weak pulse, nausea, vomiting, and lightheadedness.

When to seek professional help

No one knows your body better than you, and if you notice your body reacting to something or you’re suffering from some of the symptoms listed above, it’s best to seek professional help before it’s too late.
Only a doctor or medical professional can assess the situation, prescribe adequate treatments, medication, over-the-counter drugs, and antihistamines to provide relief. If the issue prevails after you’ve taken a dose of the prescribed medication, let your doctor know.
If you’re suffering from a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), seek emergency medical help immediately. You can also carry an epinephrine auto-injector with you at all times, giving yourself a shot right away before heading to the hospital to make sure your symptoms don’t return.

FAQs

Is there a permanent cure for allergies?

There is currently no cure for allergies, but you relieve your symptoms and find relief through antihistamines, over-the-counter medication, and a prescribed epinephrine auto-injector. You can also try immunotherapy to reduce the seriousness of your allergic reactions.

Can anyone develop allergies?

Allergies don’t discriminate based on gender, age, or race and can affect anyone. Even though children might be more susceptible to allergies, adults aren’t safe from its grasp either. Some allergies might be heredity, but the exact genetic factors are yet to be determined.

How do I know what I’m allergic to?

For the most part, when you apply, ingest, or breathe something and it triggers an immune response, you can narrow down your allergens.
To pinpoint the culprit, you can also visit your doctor and opt for allergy diagnostic tests, such as skin tests or blood tests, to receive immediate results and avoid your allergens.

Why choose affordable online healthcare at TelMDCare

Since allergies are prevalent and can occur at any time, you don’t have to visit a medical professional in person. At TelMDCare, you can consult a virtual doctor from the comfort of your home and receive the same quality of advice and treatments as you’d in a physical hospital.
Make an appointment with one of our family doctors online whenever you’re struggling with an allergic reaction, and the general practitioner will start by giving you an official diagnosis, quickly followed by consultation & prescription.
We’ve made our virtual doctor appointment and consultation services available to all for a mere $39 to ensure everyone has access to quality health care. We’ve also assured your first follow-up is entirely free, and your online chat with a doctor is devoid of any wait time.
If you’re suffering from any of the severe allergic reactions, get in touch with us immediately or sign up to make a doctor’s appointment and save yourself from any further health issues.

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