At My InstaDoc Urgent Care Clinic We Provide Allergy Treatments for Children and Adults of All Ages. Our Walk-In Clinic is Open 7 Days a Week. My InstaDoc Urgent Care is Located at 298 Applegarth Road, Suite B, Monroe, NJ 08831. Please Give Us a Call at (609) 251-4302, or Simply Walk-In.
Do you feel fine one day and the next you cough, sneeze, and feel awful? You could have the flu, but you also may be suffering from allergies. Both conditions share many of the same traits, and it can be difficult to distinguish between the two. At My InstaDoc Urgent Care Walk In Clinic in Monroe, our board-certified doctors are standing by to help you treat and manage your allergies. We can also help you identify what is triggering the reaction, so you can avoid it in the future.
What are Allergies?
Your immune system does an amazing job of protecting your body from diseases. However, sometimes your immune system makes a mistake. It misidentifies a normal substance for a dangerous virus or bacteria. It immediately begins to attack it and produces histamines. The overproduction of histamines leads to most allergy symptoms. Most of the time these allergic reactions are mild and only cause minor discomfort and irritation. However, some reactions can lead to anaphylactic shock. This life-threatening condition needs immediate, emergency treatment.
There are a huge variety of substances people can be allergic to. In fact, some people go their entire lives not knowing they are allergic to something until they are exposed to it. Some common substances people may be allergic to include:
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Itchy, watery eyes
Rash on skin
Runny, stuffy nose
Shortness of breath
Swelling of lips, tongue, face, or throat
Has your primary care doctor diagnosed you with a life-threatening allergy? If you are currently experiencing the symptoms of anaphylaxis, administer your epinephrine auto-injector if you have one and immediately call 911. Again, these severe reactions should be treated in a hospital emergency room.
Treatment of Allergies
Unfortunately, allergies are not a condition that can be cured, but there are some ways to treat and manage the symptoms.
Avoid the substance that triggers the allergies.
The best way to avoid allergies is to stay away from the thing that causes the reaction. This strategy, however, is easier said than done. Some things, like pollen or dust, are difficult to avoid 100% of the time. However, if you can reduce your exposure to it, it can help alleviate your symptoms immensely. If something causes severe allergies, you should avoid it at all costs.
If you are allergic to things that are airborne, rising your nose out with a saline solution can help. It will flush out the offending allergen and keep your nose from being congested.
There are several over the counter medications you can take to lessen the symptoms of allergies, especially allergies due to pet dander and pollen. A doctor can prescribe stronger medication if you are expiring an especially bad allergy. If you have an allergy that could cause an anaphylactic reaction, an auto-injector containing epinephrine is prescribed.
My InstaDoc of Monroe is open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm and on Sundays from 8 am to 4 pm. We accept most major insurances and have discounted self-pay rates available for the uninsured. Questions about our services or if we accept your insurance? Call our friendly staff today at 609-251-4302, and we’ll do our best to assist you!