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Allergic Reaction (cont.)

Check Your Symptoms

Home Treatment

You can use home treatment to relieve symptoms of:

  • Itching or hives. Avoid more contact with whatever you think is causing the hives.
  • A sore throat caused by postnasal drip. Gargle with warm salt water to help ease throat soreness.
  • Hay fever. Take an antihistamine to reduce symptoms of itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; or a runny, itchy nose. Be sure to read and follow any warnings on the label. Don't give antihistamines to your child unless you've checked with the doctor first.
  • Allergies that are worse in damp weather. Mold may be the cause of allergies that get worse in damp weather. Mold produces spores that move, like pollen, in outdoor air during warmer months. During winter months, indoor molds can also be a problem.
  • Indoor allergies. Newer, energy-saving homes that are built with double- or triple-paned windows and more insulation keep heat and allergens indoors.
  • Allergies to a pet or other animal. When allergies are worse around pets, symptoms may be caused by your pet's dead skin (dander), urine, dried saliva, or hair.
  • Seasonal allergies. These are often caused by exposure to pollen.

For tips on how to treat dry and irritated skin, see the topic Dry Skin and Itching.

For information on how to treat an insect bite or sting, see the topic Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites.

Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

  • Trouble breathing, wheezing, or tightness in the chest develops.
  • Swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, or mouth develops.
  • Hives develop or get worse.
  • Swelling gets worse.
  • A skin infection develops.
  • Symptoms have not improved after 2 weeks of home treatment.
  • Symptoms become more severe or more frequent.
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