Systemic allergic reactions can make daily life difficult, but we can help! At Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, we can diagnose and treat a wide range of allergies and sensitivities. Contact our Oregon, California, or Washington offices today for more information, or to schedule a consultation appointment.
Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. This reaction can be triggered by a number of different things depending on the affected individual’s specific sensitivities, including certain foods, insect stings, and medications.
What separates anaphylaxis from a more moderate allergic reaction is that the immune response triggered affects multiple body systems. This response can be life threatening if not adequately addressed with an epinephrine injection and trip to the emergency room.
If you have a serious allergy that has caused, or could potentially cause, anaphylaxis, we can help. Our trained allergists can pinpoint your specific allergies and develop a plan to protect you from future reactions.
Like hives, angioedema is a type of swelling that can occur in the skin. While hives affect the surface of the skin, angioedema affects the deeper, foundational layers of the skin, often appearing near the eyes, cheeks, or lips. While this swelling is harmless in most cases, it can sometimes be life-threatening if the swelling occurs in the throat or tongue, blocking vital airways.
Angioedema can be caused by:
- Common allergens
- Environmental factors
- Underlying medical conditions
By helping patients identify the allergic reaction that triggers the formation of an angioedema, our specialists at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic can help patients prevent its development.
Types of Allergies
There are a number of different types of allergies and sensitivities that can cause patients to experience moderate side effects, like angioedema, or severe allergic episodes like anaphylaxis. Learning more about the different types of allergies and sensitivities can help you better understand your own allergic reactions. This is the first step towards seeking adequate treatment.
Individuals with food allergies experience a sudden immune system reaction after eating certain foods. Even small amounts of this food trigger a reaction every time it is eaten. This reaction can take the form of anaphylaxis, angioedema, hives, itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain, drops in blood pressure, or asthma attacks.
Common food allergies include:
- Tree nuts
Medication allergies trigger abnormal reactions of the immune system, including hives, rash, fever, or anaphylaxis. Prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications are all capable of inducing an allergic reaction.
Stinging Insect Allergy
While it is normal for the immune system to respond in a controlled manner when stung by an insect, individuals with a stinging insect allergy experience more severe immune system reactions when stung by certain insects. These allergic reactions can be triggered by the following insects:
- Red or Black Fire Ants
- Yellow Jackets
A latex allergy can cause patients to experience an allergic reaction after coming into contact with rubber latex. Because rubber latex is present in a wide variety of medical products, healthcare workers are particularly susceptible to latex allergies. Individuals who have undergone multiple surgeries are also more likely to develop an allergy to latex.
Sick Building Syndrome
Sick Building Syndrome is a phenomenon that affects building occupants. Affected individuals experience acute declines in health and comfort linked to time spent in the building.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Individuals with multiple chemical sensitivities experience mild allergic reactions when exposed to certain chemicals. These can include scented products, plastics, pesticides, synthetic fabrics, smoke, petroleum, and paint fumes.
Exploring your treatment options for allergies? We can help! Contact Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic today to schedule a consultation appointment at one of our Washington, Oregon, or California locations. We look forward to hearing from you!