Monday, February 23, 2009

Health Tips for February 23

Health Tip: Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions can range from very mild to life-threatening. Severe allergic reactions require immediate medical attention, but even reactions that are milder should be checked out by a doctor.

Here are warning signs of a mild allergic reaction, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • Skin rash.
  • Hives, especially on the neck or the face.
  • Itchy skin.
  • Red or watery eyes.
  • Nasal congestion.

If you have more serious symptoms of an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, swelling, dizziness, chest discomfort, abdominal pain, or feelings of apprehension and anxiety, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Health Tip: Allergies to the Flu Shot

The flu vaccine is safe for most people, but some people could experience dangerous complications from the flu vaccine, including an allergic reaction.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the following people should not get a flu shot without first speaking to their doctor:

  • Anyone with an egg allergy.
  • Anyone who has had a previous severe reaction to a flu shot.
  • Children younger than 6 months old.
  • Anyone who developed a condition called Guillain-BarrĂ© Syndrome within six weeks of receiving a previous flu shot.
  • Anyone who is ill with a fever should wait until they are healthy again to have the flu shot.

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