ALLERGIC REACTIONS: WHEN TO VISIT ER KATY

Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. This generally occurs due to exposure to a chemical from things like snake bites, bee stings, food, and drugs, although allergic reactions can also occur at any time with no known reason. Symptoms develop quickly, often within seconds or minutes, and they can be life-threatening. Symptoms may include any of the following:

Abdominal pain

Abnormal (high-pitched) breathing sounds

Anxiety Chest discomfort or tightness

Cough Diarrhea Difficulty breathing

Difficulty swallowing

Dizziness or light-headedness

Hives, itchiness

Nasal congestion

Nausea or vomiting

Palpitations

Skin redness

Slurred speech

Swelling of the mouth, face, eyes, or tongue

Unconsciousness

Wheezing

If you think you are having an anaphylactic reaction, go to an emergency room and seek medical attention immediately.

For immediate medical attention and emergency care for allergic reactions in Katy, Texas, ERKaty is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. No appointment is needed. For more information, call (281) 395-9900

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