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Allergic Reaction Treatment

Many different kinds of doctors treat allergies. One may initially see the general or family practitioner or their child's pediatrician if allergies are suspected or mild. In severe cases such as anaphylactic reactions one may see an emergency medicine specialist in an emergency department.

To manage allergies over the long term, many people see an allergist-immunologist, a physician who specializes in treatment of allergies. One may also see an otolaryngologist (also called an ear, nose, and throat specialist, or ENT) to manage sinus problems. If allergies result in itchy skin or other skin reactions, the patient may see a dermatologist.

Generally, antihistamine medications are the treatment of choice after the allergen is removed.

Very severe reactions may require other therapy, such as oxygen for breathing difficulties or intravenous fluids to boost blood pressure in anaphylactic shock. Patients with very severe reactions usually require hospitalization.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/28/2015

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