An allergy occurs when your body overreacts to something that should be harmless. Common allergy
triggers include pollen, mold, animal dander, insect stings, medicines, and certain foods.
If you’re having a life-threatening allergic reaction, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency
department right away. If you have an auto-injector (EpiPen), use it—and get to an emergency
Emergency symptoms include:
- Tightness, itching, or swelling in your throat; trouble swallowing.
- Shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, chest pain or tightness.
- Itching or swelling of your lips or tongue.
- Hives, itching, redness, or swelling of your skin.
- A weak pulse, passing out, shock.
- Vomiting, diarrhea, cramps.
- Dizziness or fainting.
Milder symptoms—such as sore throat, watering or itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sinus and ear
pain—can be treated at Saratoga Hospital Urgent Care - Wilton.