MEDIQ Urgent Care Serves Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and the surrounding towns
Although some allergies are seasonal and can often be treated with over-the-counter medication, some allergies can result in more severe symptoms that require immediate medical attention. Whether your allergy symptoms are mild or severe, you can receive allergy treatment in Greensboro or Winston-Salem, whether you schedule an appointment or visit without one.
What Are Allergies?
Allergy symptoms usually involve the airways, sinuses, digestive system, skin, and nasal passageways. They can be caused by an allergic reaction to any number of substances, including food, insect stings, drugs, and more. Some allergy symptoms are discomforting and annoying, but manageable on your own, such as sneezing, itching of the nose, stuffy nose, runny nose, watery eyes, hives and itching of the skin.
However, certain allergies can cause slightly more serious reactions, such as facial swelling, rash, chest tightness, swelling of the face, throat, lip or tongue, and more. You may want to seek medical attention in order to relieve these symptoms. In some cases, allergic reactions can be extremely severe and require emergency medical attention. For example, severe allergic reactions to insect stings and certain foods can cause anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction that can cause you to go into shock. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include a drop in blood pressure, severe shortness of breath, a rapid and weak pulse, nausea and vomiting, lightheadedness, skin rash, and a loss of consciousness.
Our Allergy Treatments
You should see a doctor if you think your symptoms may be caused by allergies—especially if you think it’s an allergic reaction to a certain substance. If you or someone else is experiencing anaphylactic symptoms, emergency medical attention is required. Even if your symptoms improve, you should visit our urgent care clinic right away to make sure the symptoms don’t return.
When you come in for treatment, a doctor will ask you detailed questions about your symptoms, ask about your medical history, ask about possible triggers, and perform a physical exam. The doctor may also perform blood tests or skin tests to determine sensitivity to possible allergens.
The doctor will suggest one of a number of treatments depending on the results of the exam and the tests. They will provide guidance on allergen avoidance to help you identify and avoid allergen triggers in the future. They will also provide medications depending on what your allergy is that can help to reduce the symptoms.
In severe cases, the doctor may recommend allergen immunotherapy, which consists of a series of injections or pills of purified allergen extracts. This treatment is typically provided over the course of a few years. If you experienced anaphylactic symptoms, the doctor may provide you with an emergency epinephrine shot to carry with you to reduce severe symptoms until you receive emergency treatment.
Choose MEDIQ for Allergy Treatment
If you are suffering from allergy symptoms and require medical attention, contact us in Greensboro or Winston-Salem to schedule an appointment. If you need immediate medical attention, you can walk in without an appointment.