The human body is equipped to fight off invaders of all kinds. Our immune systems keep us safe from bacteria, viruses, and many other things that may cause us harm—but sometimes our immune systems get a little overprotective. When your immune system overreacts to a substance like animal dander, pollen, certain foods, or venom from an insect sting, you get an allergic reaction.
Allergies are very common. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reports that over 50 million Americans struggle with allergies every year, spending a total of about $18 billion for treatment.
The most common symptoms of allergic reactions include coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and sinus congestion. Many people manage the symptoms with over-the-counter allergy treatments.
Some individuals, however, experience more serious symptoms, such as rashes and hives, nausea, vomiting, or difficulty breathing. These symptoms can be dangerous or even life-threatening—if you experience any of them following an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
Allergy Testing and Treatment
If a runny nose and sneezing are your only allergy symptoms, your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine, which is enough to deliver immediate allergy relief in common cases. Simple medicinal treatments for allergies are all that most people need, but if your allergic reactions are severe, your doctor may recommend allergy testing to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.
An allergy test, available at urgent care clinics or a doctor’s office, typically involves a blood test. Once the results are in, the physician will have a better idea of how to treat your specific allergies. They may direct you to avoid certain foods, take a specific medication, or even carry an epinephrine injector (EpiPen) to protect yourself if you experience severe symptoms.
Why You Should Seek Treatment for Allergies
Many people are reluctant to visit a doctor for seasonal allergy symptoms, believing they aren’t serious enough to warrant the medical expenses and disruption to their routine. However, there are risks to ignoring your allergies, and they can impact your quality of life more than you’d expect. Potential problems include:
When your sinuses are plugged, it's hard to fall asleep. Even when you do, you may not get the deep, restful sleep you need.
It’s difficult to focus on tasks at work, school, or around the house when you're constantly tearing up or blowing your nose.
If you leave a runny nose or cough untreated, they could lead to asthma, ear infection, sinus infections, and more.
Let Remedy Help
If your doctor's office is busy, you could wait weeks or months for an appointment, meaning your allergies may have subsided or developed into worse issues by the time you see the physician. You could try to manage your symptoms yourself with over-the-counter allergic reaction treatments, but they may not deliver the relief you need, and you won’t know if your allergies are related to more serious problems.
Remedy is a better and faster option. We offer virtual video visits so you can speak to a physician about your allergy symptoms on your computer, smartphone, or tablet anytime 24/7, without having to wait or drive to a clinic. If you’d rather see a doctor in person, we’ll come to you—same-day house calls are available by request. If prescription medication is required to treat your allergies, our providers can write a prescription and send it electronically to a pharmacy near you.
Remedy visits are covered by insurance, but if you don’t have coverage, our below-market rates are still very reasonable. We’ll give your money back if you aren’t 100% satisfied with our services.
Allergies are part of life for many people across the country, but no one should have to suffer with them for weeks. Instead of depending on over-the-counter treatments or crowded urgent care clinics, contact Remedy for affordable, on-demand treatment.
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