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Common allergies and allergy treatment

Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal or other allergies. Our knowledgeable providers at NeuMed can help diagnosis, treat, and manage common allergies.

Urgent care for common allergies


Diagnose your allergies

We'll determine if you're suffering from seasonal, environmental or other types of allergies.


Treat your allergies

We can provide immediate relief from your allergy symptoms, like a runny nose and itchy eyes.

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Manage long-term

We will work with you to create a treatment plan to provider long-term relief from your symptoms.

Allergy symptoms

The typical symptoms of allergies and seasonal allergies are ones that most people are familiar with. These consist of:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rashy, red or raised skin
  • Red, itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Swollen lips, tongue, face or eyes
  • Wheezing or chest tightness

Allergy triggers

An allergic reaction is triggered by exposure to an allergen or a chemical to which you are allergic. An allergen is typically a harmless item, such as pollen or dust, that induces a reaction in certain people. Symptoms can appear immediately after being exposed to an allergen or after a few hours. Most allergic reactions are moderate, but anaphylaxis, a severe reaction, can occur on rare occasions.

If you encounter any of the above symptoms, you may be experiencing an allergic response. An allergic reaction might be fatal in rare cases. If you notice any tightness in your throat or difficulty breathing, get immediate medical assistance in an emergency room or by dialing 911.

Common types of allergies

An allergy arises when an external substance comes into contact with your body and causes your immune system to overreact. There are many common allergens. Some are triggered by seasonal changes, while others occur all year.

NeuMed can help in the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Food allergies: Certain foods can cause an allergic reaction or other side effects.
  • Environmental allergies: Pollen, dust, pet dander, mold, and even cockroaches can trigger allergy symptoms.
  • Drug allergies: Certain drugs may cause allergic reactions in some persons, or allergic reactions may be a side effect of the medication.
  • Insect bites: Bed bugs, bees, wasps, ants, and hornets' bites and stings can trigger allergic reactions and necessitate prompt treatment.
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Types of seasonal allergies

While many people believe that spring is the peak season for allergies, symptoms of seasonal allergies can appear at any time.

Fall & spring allergies

In the spring and fall, pollen can induce a wide range of allergy symptoms, including sneezing, wheezing, and itchy eyes.

Summer allergies

Spending time outside in warmer weather can expose you to plants that trigger allergic reactions, such as poison ivy.

Winter allergies

Allergies in the winter are frequently caused by animals, dust mites, or mold, and can be exacerbated by dry air.

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Environmental allergies

The body's reaction to a harmless substance in the environment causes environmental allergies. Common environmental allergies include:

  • Cigarette smoke: Smoke of any kind is irritating to the respiratory symptoms and cantrigger allergies.
  • Dust mites: Tiny bugs that live in furniture and are one of the most common indoor allergens.
  • Mold: Mold grows in humid environments and mold spores can cause severe allergic reactions.
  • Pet dander: Pets shed tiny bits of skin and hair, which can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
  • Pollen: If you have pollen allergies, your symptoms will be worse in the spring and fall.

If you think that you may have an environmental allergy, you should seek a proper diagnosis and speak with a medical provider to create a treatment plan.

Visit NeuMed Modern Urgent Care for all of your urgent care needs

At NeuMed Modern Urgent Care + IV Therapy, we can help you find the right treatment and care for all types of allergies. We can also help treat related issues such as:

  • Skin rashes and Eczema
  • Minor insect bites & stings
  • Mild asthma attacks & asthma symptoms
  • Wheezing
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Frequently Asked Questions

When is allergy season in the US?

Because of the pollination that occurs in the spring, allergy season in the United States often peaks from mid-February to early June. However, depending on where you live, some people may develop allergies at other times of the year.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is an exaggerated immune response to a substance (known as an allergen) that is typically harmless to most people. The immune system overreacts to the allergen, leading to various symptoms and discomfort.

What are the common symptoms of allergies?

Common symptoms of allergies include sneezing, itching, runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, hives, rashes, swelling, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis.

What causes allergies?

Allergies can be caused by a wide range of substances, including pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, certain foods (such as peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, eggs, and milk), insect stings, medications (like penicillin), latex, and certain chemicals.

How are allergies diagnosed?

Allergies are typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and allergy testing. Allergy tests can include skin prick tests, blood tests, or in some cases, oral food challenges.

How can I prevent allergies?

Preventing allergies involves avoiding known allergens as much as possible. This may include minimizing exposure to pollen, keeping indoor environments clean and free from dust mites and pet dander, practicing good hygiene, wearing protective clothing in certain environments, and following a specific diet if you have food allergies.

What are the most common types of allergies?

The most common types of allergies include allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic conjunctivitis, asthma, food allergies, insect sting allergies, drug allergies, and skin allergies (such as eczema and contact dermatitis).

What is anaphylaxis, and how is it treated?

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. It can cause difficulty breathing, swelling, rapid pulse, dizziness, and loss of consciousness. Treatment involves the prompt use of an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen) and seeking emergency medical care.

Are allergies hereditary?

Yes, allergies can have a hereditary component. If one or both parents have allergies, their children have an increased risk of developing allergies as well. However, the specific allergies a person develops may not be the same as their parents'.

Can allergies be outgrown?

Some allergies, particularly those that develop in childhood, can be outgrown over time. For example, many children outgrow allergies to milk, eggs, and wheat. However, allergies such as peanut or tree nut allergies tend to persist into adulthood.

How are allergies treated or managed?

Allergies can be managed through a combination of allergen avoidance, medication, and immunotherapy (such as allergy shots). Medications commonly used to treat allergies include antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, and eye drops. Severe allergies may require emergency medications like epinephrine for immediate treatment of anaphylaxis.

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