Allergies are an inappropriate response by your immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful. When your immune system wrongly identifies a normally harmless invader, it sends out the body’s white blood cells to fight off those invaders. This overreaction creates more damage to your body than the invader. Alas, the allergic reaction then becomes a disease in itself.

Substances that cause allergic responses are called allergens. Almost anything can cause a reaction in someone, somewhere, but the most common allergens are pollen, dust, dust mites, molds, animal hair, animal dander, food, food additives, soaps, drugs, cleaning supplies, and many other chemicals. Typical allergic responses are congestion, coughing, wheezing, itching, headaches, fatigue, runny nose, and hives or rashes.

Food Allergies

Certain foods can provoke allergic reactions. Some of the more common foods are dairy products, shellfish, strawberries, chocolate, and wheat. A scratchy throat or an irritating cough can be the first sign of an allergy and can begin as soon as you start chewing. Other signs can be swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat, hives and a tingly mouth.

Animal Allergies

Most animal allergies are triggered by exposure to their fur or dander.  Some of the more common animals related to allergies are dogs, cats, horses, and rodents. Symptoms are similar to hay fever, sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes or throat.


It is possible for some types of allergies to trigger a serious reaction. Loss of consciousness, severe shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting or a rapid, weak pulse can be signs of anaphylaxis. For a severe allergic reaction, you should call 911 right away.

You can help us by writing down answers to these questions and giving them to the physician:

  • What are your symptoms and when did they begin?
  • Are your symptoms worse at different times of the day?
  • Are you taking any medications or vitamins?
  • Have you been around any animals lately?
  • Is your home or workplace damp or have water damage?

Contact QuestCare Urgent Care

Are you experiencing an allergic reaction or other allergy related problem? Visit QuestCare Urgent Care in Highland Park for immediate attention from a physician. Call ahead at (214) 368-4822 or check in online to see a doctor right away.