An allergy is a condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally.

What Kind of Allergic Reactions Can Urgent Care Centers Treat?

Urgent care centers can manage a variety of allergic reactions, focusing on those that are milder and don't involve life-threatening symptoms. This includes:

  • Skin reactions: Hives, itching, and swelling from insect bites, latex, or certain plants.
  • Mild respiratory issues: Runny nose, sneezing, and congestion caused by allergies.
  • Food allergies: Mild symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps.
  • Eye allergies: Redness, itching, and watering eyes.
  • Mild to moderate asthma exacerbations: nebulization therapies can be given in the urgent care center

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room for Allergies

If you experience a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), seek immediate emergency care. Signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or severe wheezing
  • Swelling of the throat, tongue, or lips
  • Dizziness or rapid heartbeat

When to Choose Urgent Care for Allergies

Visit urgent care for any allergic reaction that makes you concerned or if you're unsure of its severity. They can assess the situation and recommend a hospital visit if necessary.