The symptoms of allergies can create a variety of complications. In the event that one is experiencing any of the symptoms of an allergic reaction, then it is advised that a doctor be consulted in order to better understand the nature of this and whether it has the potential to become severe in future. In this way an accurate diagnosis can be made and the sufferer informed of the available treatment options to manage symptoms effectively.
When to consult a doctor regarding food allergies
Food allergies can result in itching, swelling, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, amongst other symptoms. It can sometimes take a while for an affected person to realise that they have a mild reaction to certain food groups. However, should severe allergy related symptoms be experienced after eating something, then it is advised that medical attention be sough immediately as in some cases, if left untreated, the symptoms can progress with each exposure to the specific food allergen.
When to visit a doctor regarding seasonal allergies
The symptoms of hay fever can often mimic the symptoms of a cold. This includes swollen eyes, congestion and a runny nose. The majority of these symptoms can be self-managed at home and with over-the-counter medications (antihistamines). However, should the symptoms persist or progress, becoming unmanageable, then a doctor should be consulted.
When to see a doctor regarding severe allergies
Allergies that are severe and result in anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and require emergency attention and treatment. If a severe allergic reaction to something is experienced and has the potential to occur again, the affected person may need to carry an EpiPen at all times (an EpiPen is an injection that allows the airways to open). When the symptoms appear, the shot should be administered immediately.