BronsonConnect Immediate Care Services - Allergies
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Allergies

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is an immune system reaction to a foreign substance, called allergens, which your body identifies as harmful. Common allergens include pollen, dust, food and latex. Immune systems with sensitivity to allergens try to fight off pathogens it identifies as harmful, causing many common symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes. Symptoms and severity of allergies vary based on the allergen and your immune systems hypersensitivity.

Common Allergy Causes

  • Airborne – pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mold
  • Insect – bee, wasp and mosquito stings
  • Medicine – most commonly seen with antibiotics
  • Skin – latex is a common skin allergen
  • Food – eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat

Types of Allergies

  • Food allergies – A food allergy is when your body’s immune system responds to a certain food as if it is harmful to your body. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.
  • Seasonal allergies – Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, are a common condition that affect millions of people every year. In Michigan, spring brings budding flowers, fresh grass and blooming trees. For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, however, spring also can bring itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, post-nasal drip, congestion and sinus pain.
  • Skin allergies – A variety of factors, including medications and infections, can lead to a reaction on the skin causing irritation. An allergic response on the skin appears as a red, itchy rash.
  • Severe allergies – A severe reaction – anaphylaxis – is a life-threatening medical emergency and can cause your body to go into shock.

Symptoms of Allergies

Allergy symptoms vary depending on the severity of the allergic reaction.

Mild Symptoms

Most people experience mild allergic symptoms. If they involve the sinuses, these symptoms are often mistaken for the common cold. These symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Rashy or itchy skin

Severe Symptoms

Severe allergic reactions should always be treated at the emergency room. A severe reaction – anaphylaxis – is a life-threatening medical emergency and can cause your body to go into shock. Symptoms include:

  • Tingling mouth
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, face or throat
  • Chest tightness, wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Rashy or itchy skin

Allergy Treatment

Based on your specific allergy, several treatments can help you avoid your symptoms.

Types of treatment

  • Over-the-counter and prescription medication
  • Immunotherapy such as allergy shots
  • Avoidance to known triggers
  • Lifestyle changes

Help for Allergies at Bronson

Allergies are a common condition for many people. Working with your doctor or allergist can help manage your symptoms, reduce the risk of complications and prepare you for what to do in an emergency.

If you have an allergy that you are concerned about or that is causing discomfort, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to give you the relief you need.

  • Contact your Primary Care Provider
    • Current patients can schedule in-person or video visit appointments by calling the office.
    • Bronson MyChart Scheduled Video Visit: Bronson primary care—and many specialty care appointments—can now be done online using the Bronson MyChart App. 
    • Find a Doctor: Looking for a Primary Care Provider? Find a doctor and schedule online or by calling (269) 341-7788.
  • BronsonConnect Video Visit
    • If you need help with allergies, whether you’re at home, at work or traveling, you can connect face-to-face with a Bronson doctor. Use BronsonConnect anywhere you have an internet connection and a smart phone, tablet or computer.