Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions can be caused by anything your body is sensitive to. Your body may be sensitive to food, medicines, molds, pollens, cockroaches, dust mites, pets, insect stings, and other things around you. An allergic reaction may cause puffiness (swelling), itching, sneezing, coughing, or problems breathing.

Allergies cannot be cured, but they can be controlled with medicine. Some allergies happen only at certain times of the year. Try to stay away from what causes your reaction if possible. Sometimes, it is hard to tell what causes your reaction.

HOME CARE

If you have a rash or red patches (hives) on your skin:

  • Take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Do not drive or drink alcohol after taking medicines. They can make you sleepy.

  • Put cold cloths on your skin. Take baths in cool water. This will help your itching. Do not take hot baths or showers. Heat will make the itching worse.

  • If your allergies get worse, your doctor might give you other medicines. Talk to your doctor if problems continue.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have a tight feeling in your chest or throat.

  • Your mouth gets puffy (swollen).

  • You have red, itchy patches on your skin (hives) that get worse.

  • You have itching all over your body.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.