3 Reasons To Seek Medical Attention During An Allergic Reaction

An allergic reaction can be incredibly scary. Some people think that these reactions are only mild, like a skin rash or watery eyes, but they can be so much more. There are many different ways that allergies can manifest themselves, in fact some of them can even be life threatening. This is why it is important that you know what kinds of things to look for during an allergic reaction. Here are 3 reasons to seek medical attention during a reaction.

1. Difficulty Breathing

One of the scariest symptoms of an allergic reaction is difficulty breathing. It may start out with just wheezing, but eventually the whole airway can become blocked.

If after being exposed to the allergen you start feeling like you can't breathe, you need to get medical attention right away. If you have an epinephrine pen on hand, now is the time to use it. This will help to slow the progression of the allergy. If you do not have one on hand, you need to call 911 immediately. People have died from a simple trace of a peanut because they thought that the breathing problems would correct themselves, but it only got worse.

2. Swollen Tongue

Another worrisome symptom is a swollen tongue. For some reason, after being an exposed to an allergen, your body may go in panic mode. Your body sends tons of antibodies to a concentrated area and then this area might fill with blood and fluid. If you start swelling on your hands, it shouldn't be anything to worry about, unless the swelling begins to spread. However, swelling of the tongue can be dangerous, since it could prevent you from breathing properly. If the tongue starts to swell, then take the epinephrine and seek medical attention.

3. A Panic Attack

Some people will have an anxiety attack after an allergen has been ingested. They might feel an impending sense of doom or worry. This shouldn't be concerning unless it exasperates other symptoms. For instance, if this panic attack makes you start to swell faster, makes your rashes spread, speeds up your heart and causes trouble breathing, then you should seek medical attention. This could be cause for concern.

By understanding that an allergic reaction could be severe, or even life threatening, you can be prepared to protect yourself. If at any time you are concerned about your allergies, talk to a specialist about your options. (for more information, contact The Regional Allergy Asthma & Immunology Center, PC)