Allergy symptoms & prevention

Respiratory allergies include seasonal and pet-related allergies, and cause mild symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, and wheezing. Sometimes, these allergies can also cause a rash and itchy skin.

Preventing respiratory allergies

  • Buy a large and quiet high-efficiency (HEPA) air cleaner for your bedroom to help remove airborne allergens.
  • Use an air conditioner in your home and car during warm seasons to keep pollen out and reduce indoor humidity (which encourages the growth of molds, mites, and roaches).
  • If you have a water leak that can’t be fixed, regularly clean damp areas with a diluted bleach solution to kill molds.
  • Always run the exhaust fans when showering and cooking.
  • Verify that your clothes dryer is vented to the outside.
  • If you become sensitized to dogs or cats, try to find them a new home; otherwise try to keep them groomed regularly, off furniture (especially your bed and pillows), and outside as much as possible.

Respiratory allergy treatment

Treatment for mild allergies includes over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, or injected corticosteroids or extra-strength allergy pills, which would be administered by a physician. Antihistamines can be taken as pills, liquid, nasal spray, or eye drops, depending on where your respiratory allergy symptoms present themselves.

Food allergies

Allergic reactions to food can present some of the same initial symptoms as respiratory allergies, but can quickly progress to much more serious side effects, including anaphylaxis. If you’ve been exposed to a food allergen, symptoms may include itching in the mouth, swelling of the lips, hives or rash, gastrointestinal symptoms like stomachache, vomiting, or diarrhea, and/or tightening of the throat and trouble breathing.

Preventing food-related allergic reactions

  • Find an allergist and have them run a simple allergen test to determine your food allergies and their severity.
  • If you know you are allergic to certain foods, always check food labels and ingredients, including checking for hidden triggers, or additives that are known allergens, such as yellow food dye No. 5, “natural” red dye, and gum arabic.
  • When eliminating foods from your diet, be sure to find alternate sources of nutrients. For example, if you cannot eat dairy foods, replace with other foods high in calcium or take calcium supplements.

Food allergy treatment

Mild allergic reactions can include rash, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes. If you experience severe itching of the eyes or face that, within minutes, progresses to more serious symptoms or a rash on other parts of the body, your reaction requires immediate medical attention.

If you are aware of a severe food allergy, a licensed physician can prescribe a portable dose of epinephrine, a hormone which can reduce your initial response to an allergen, for you to keep in case of exposure to an allergen. In an emergency, you should always call 9-1-1 immediately.

Severe allergic reactions (anaphylxaxis)

Anaphylaxis is a rare, life-threatening emergency in which the body’s response to the allergen is sudden and affects the whole body. Allergy symptoms may begin with sudden itching of the eyes or face and within minutes progress to more serious symptoms, including:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Varying degrees of swelling that can make breathing and swallowing difficult
  • Hives, especially those that spread to multiple parts of the body
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Mental confusion or dizziness
  • Angioedema, which is severe, generalized swelling of the face, neck, and/or extremities

If you or a family member is experiencing any of the above symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.

Physical Examinations

There are many reasons why an individual may need a physical examination. Whether you are seeking to play sports, obtain a job that requires a pre-employment evaluation, or you need your annual checkup, our facility can assist you. We provide all kinds of physical exams any day of the year. You are important to us, and you can be sure that we will work with you to pursue the healthy lifestyle that you need.

We offer physical exams of all kinds including the following:

  • School physicals
  • Sports physicals
  • Department of Transportation physicals
  • Pre-employment physicals
  • Respiratory physicals
  • Annual physicals
  • Insurance physicals

What a sports physical includes

Physicians will check your athlete’s vitals, joints, and flexibility. They’ll also check your athlete’s vision and do a short fitness assessment to diagnose and recommend any possible limitations on physical activity.

It’s not necessary for you to bring a vaccination record with you to receive a physical at IMC Immediate Medical Care. However, please be aware that some states require your child’s immunization record before he or she can begin a new sport.

Vitals check

We’ll check your child’s pulse and blood pressure to ensure proper vitals. We’ll also document his or her weight and height, since growth spurts and weight changes can place added stress on joints, muscles, and bones.

Eye exam

An eye exam checks for proper vision and evaluates whether your child needs prescription lenses or if his or her current prescription needs to be adjusted.

Medical history review

A medical history is just as important as a medical examination. Knowing about any past illnesses, surgeries, or conditions, such as asthma or chest pains, will help diagnose problems and prevent complications in the future.

Vaccinations & Immunizations

Preventing Disease and Supporting Health

Immunizations* are an important part of maintaining health and protecting yourself from contagious diseases.

Immediate Medical Care IMC offers select vaccinations and immunizations for you and your family at all seven locations with no appointment necessary.

Vaccines are prepared and administered to improve immunity to specific diseases. They typically contain an altered form of the microbes, toxin or protein from the disease-causing agent. By stimulating the immune system through these injections, the body undergoes the immunization process. Once immunized, the immune system recognizes and destroys microorganisms related to the disease or sickness for which you or your child were vaccinated.

Available vaccines and immunizations include:

  • Flu shot (for patients 6 months old)
  • Tdap: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • TB skin testing
  • Measles, mumps, & rubella (MMR)

Addressing Your Immunization Safety Concerns

Many people have concerns over the safety or necessity of vaccinations, and we encourage you to bring your questions to our doctors. We will be happy to give you answers and to review the package inserts to discuss the ingredients and possible side effects of vaccinations so that you can make an informed decision about the health and safety of you and your loved ones.