What You Need to Know About Allergic Reactions

WTNH– Emergency Department, Medical Director Dr. Donald Lombino, from MidState Medical Center, discusses allergic reactions.

Anaphylaxis, also known as a severe allergic reaction, is very common and something seen in ERs often.

The causes of allergic reactions are usually:

  • Something you touch (i.e. plant)
  • Medications
  • Foods

The ways an allergic reaction usually present itself are:

  • Rash
  • Wheezing, throat tightening
  • Swelling

If you suspect you’re having an allergic reaction and you have trouble breathing, you should call 911 immediately. If the reaction is localized and not severe (i.e. bee sting), visiting an urgent care center may be appropriate. Otherwise, get yourself to the emergency room.

Lombino also explains what will be done in the ED for evaluation and treatment and discusses how to and when to use an EpiPen.

MidState’s ED was #2 in the state for the shortest wait times

Minor allergic reactions that you’ve had for years can turn more severe over time; always be cognizant of symptoms you may have that indicate a more severe reaction.

For more information, go to www.midstatemedical.org.

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