How To Identify An Allergic Reaction


Allergies and allergic reactions vastly differ from person to person, but failing to recognize an allergic reaction may have fatal consequences. Cutting delays in appropriate medical treatment can save your life. Therefore, you should familiarize yourself with the most common signs of a severe allergic reaction, clinically known as anaphylaxis.


Spotting an Allergic Reaction

Staying attentive to your body’s behavior helps in properly identifying an allergic reaction. The following symptoms constitute a medical emergency, and occur between seconds to several hours of encountering known or unknown allergens:


  • Difficulties breathing and swallowing, accompanied by coughing, wheezing, and itchiness in the throat and/or mouth.
  • Tightness in the chest.
  • Itchiness, redness, welts, and bumps across the skin (Hives).
  • Nausea and/or vomiting.
  • Severe abdominal pain.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dizziness, accompanied by loss of awareness.
  • Lowered blood pressure.
  • Increased pulse.
  • Fainting.


These symptoms may intensify within a small timeframe. Additionally, serious allergic reactions involving different parts of the body may lead to further complications of multiple internal systems if left unattended.


Emergency Care

Allergic reactions deserve immediate medical treatment. You should call 911 if you or someone you care for experiences the symptoms discussed. If you have access to epinephrine due to a history of severe allergies, administer one dose while waiting for qualified help. This is the only available treatment before medical staff act further in the emergency room.


After securing emergency care, expect extended monitoring and additional medications. In extreme cases, after initial symptoms subside, they may return in greater severity a few hours later. Uptown Emergency Room ensures appropriate treatment for your specific allergic reaction, with a focus on keeping your symptoms under control. If you are located within the Dallas area call us at (214) 217-1818.