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Allergic Reaction

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Glenwood Springs, Avon, & Eagle, CO

Are you having an allergic reaction? How can you tell? The experts at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C., in Avon, Basalt, Aspen, Frisco, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, can identify whether your symptoms are allergic or not. They can also explain why and when you might need immediate medical attention for an allergic reaction. Call today or book your visit online.

Allergic Reaction Q & A

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?

The symptoms of an allergic reaction can depend on the type of trigger and often vary greatly from person to person. You may experience:

  • Sneezing, runny nose, and watery or itchy eyes
  • Rash (raised/bumpy or flat) on the skin that may or may not itch
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Cough, wheeze, and shortness of breath

The timing of your symptoms can also help determine whether you’re having an allergic reaction. For example, environmental allergens (pollen and pet dander) along with stinging insect allergy or food allergy can cause symptoms fairly quickly (within 15-60 min).  Other allergens like contact allergens or some food allergies can occur hours later.

The specialists at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies take the guesswork out of allergies and allergic reactions with an exam, a detailed discussion of your symptoms, and allergy testing to accurately identify your triggers.  They can also help educate you on ways to avoid or help reduce exposure to your triggers.

Can I have my first allergic reaction as an adult?

Yes. Most people develop allergies in childhood, but adults can suddenly experience an allergic reaction to pollen, pets, foods and other triggers.

It’s not always clear why an adult develops allergies. It may be due to moving to a new location and being exposed to new varieties of trees or grasses.  Or, maybe that serving of shrimp at dinner crossed your immune system’s tolerance threshold for a shellfish allergy. It’s also possible you had a mild allergic reaction as a child or young adult that was mistaken for something else and the “new allergy” as an adult may have been there since childhood.  

How do I know when an allergic reaction is an emergency?

Symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may include:

  • Constriction of the airways and a tightening sensation in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Puffy lips or sensation of swelling of the throat and tongue
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid or slower than normal pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Call 911 if you, your child, or a companion shows signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis. When it comes to allergic reactions, it’s always best be “better safe than sorry” and seek emergency care.