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Treatment for Allergies in MA & RI

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a harmless substance and attacks it. Allergies are one of the most common conditions, affecting up to 50 million Americans. However, there are many different types of allergies, including:

  • Drug allergies
  • Eye allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Indoor allergies, including dust, mold and cockroach allergies
  • Insect sting allergies
  • Latex allergies
  • Outdoor allergies, including pollen and pine allergies
  • Pet allergies
  • Skin allergies

The consequences of allergies can range from mildly annoying to life threatening. Unfortunately, allergies usually aren’t curable, but you can learn to manage them, relieve your symptoms and avoid triggering them.

Need help navigating your allergies in southeastern MA and RI and finding the best ways to treat them? Turn to the experts at Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center with locations in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Seekonk and Wareham.

What Causes Allergies?

Experts don’t fully understand what causes a person’s immune system to overreact and cause an allergic reaction. However, they do know that histamine and other chemicals in your body are responsible for allergy symptoms. They have also identified the following risk factors:

  • Being a child — allergies are much more common in children than adults
  • Having a family history of allergies or asthma
  • Having a personal history of asthma or other allergies

Common Allergy Symptoms

Allergy symptoms vary depending on the type of allergy and may include:

  • Itchy, runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Rashes and itchy or swollen skin
  • Sneezing
  • Stomach cramps, bloating or diarrhea
  • Wheezing or coughing

Symptoms may also vary in intensity. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention, as it can quickly lead to death. It most commonly occurs with drug, food, insect sting and latex allergies.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Feeling strange or that something bad is about to happen
  • Hives
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid pulse or heartbeat
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Treatment Options for Allergies at Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center

If you come to our urgent care center with allergies, our doctors will treat the general symptoms and refer you to your primary care physician for long-term treatment.

Southcoast Health treats patients with all types of allergies across southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island at our centers in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Seekonk and Wareham.