Allergies

DTLA Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Multi-Specialty Group located in Arts District, Los Angeles, CA

Spring is supposed to be a beautiful time of year, but it’s hard to appreciate if you’re constantly sneezing. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and while sometimes symptoms can just be annoying, they can also cause serious reactions and affect your quality of life. Fortunately, at DTLA Urgent Care in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, the team of medical professionals offers strategies for allergy relief so that you can enjoy your life, symptom-free. For fast relief from allergies, call the office today, or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Allergies

What causes allergies?

At the most basic level, allergies occur when your body’s immune system recognizes something harmless, like pollen or dust, as an “invader.” Your body then triggers an immune reaction against this substance. Symptoms of allergies can include:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itching
  • Rashes or swelling
  • Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath
  • Itchy, watery eyes

In some cases, allergies can cause more severe reactions, such as anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis more commonly occurs as a reaction to foods, insect stings, medications, or latex. Some signs of anaphylactic shock are:

  • Passing out or lightheadedness
  • Severe shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Nausea, vomiting, or stomach cramping
  • Swollen throat or other body parts

If you think you might be experiencing anaphylactic shock, you should go to an emergency room immediately.

How are allergies treated?

Most allergies can’t be cured or completely eliminated, but treatment can help relieve your symptoms. There are three main classes of treatments: antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroids.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines block chemicals that signal the body’s immune system to react to an allergen.

Decongestants

Decongestants cause quick but temporary relief of congestion.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids help reduce inflammation in the body.

These medications can come as pills, nasal sprays, or eye drops. For more severe allergies that aren’t responding to other treatments, mast cell stabilizers and immunotherapy can be used.  

Some scientific studies have found that acupuncture and probiotics can also be helpful in treating allergies.

How can I tell if I have allergies or a cold?

If you’re coughing and sneezing and not feeling well, it can be hard to tell whether you are sick with a cold or the flu, or just have allergies. Colds and the flu are caused by viruses, but allergies are caused by your immune system’s reaction to an allergen.

If you have a cold, you’ll likely experience a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and cough. You may have mild or moderate chest discomfort. Fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, and exhaustion are rare.

If you have the flu, you’ll usually have a fever of 100°F - 102°F, a headache, aches and pains, and fatigue and exhaustion. Cough and chest discomfort are common, and sometimes you may have a stuffy nose or sneezing.

If you have allergies, you’ll likely experience a sore throat or cough, sneezing, and a runny nose. Chest discomfort is rare, unless you have asthma. A fever, headache, aches and pains, and exhaustion are not common.

If you suffer from allergies, relief is possible. Call DTLA Urgent Care today or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.