Meet The Urgency Room. If you’re avoiding urgent care clinics because of packed waiting areas and wait times that last hours, don’t wait any longer. When minutes matter, you can rest assured that you’ll be seen and your ailments will be assessed in a fraction of the time it would take you to be seen at other medical clinics.

Each Urgency Room location in Eagan, Vadnais Heights and Woodbury has convenient hours, open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM 365 days per year, including holidays. Our easy accessibility and friendly staff make coming to The Urgency Room for your allergy needs a no-brainer.

When your allergies start acting up, no matter what stirs them, don’t wait around and suffer through them. Don’t let your breathing be affected longer than it has to be. The Urgency Room can help allergy-sufferers in the Twin Cities with quick assessment, diagnosis and treatment, so you can be back on your way. Each state-of-the-art Urgency Room is outfitted with everything our highly experienced physicians need to treat you with the best care possible. Each UR is owned and operated by the Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA), which means you’re always in good hands from the minute you step through our doors.

The seasons in Minnesota change rapidly and each one seemingly brings with it a new set of allergies. If you’re tired of suffering through allergy symptom after allergy symptom, get relief at your nearest Urgency Room today.

What are allergies?

The reason humans have allergies is still somewhat of a mystery. After all, why would your body attack pretty harmless substances while simultaneously making you miserable or, even worse, causing you harm? Allergies can be spurred by a wide variety of triggers—pet dander, blooming flowers, bug venom, foods and more. With so many sources for allergy-inducing substances, odds are good that you or several people you know suffer from allergies. Substances that cause allergies, such as pet dander, can be detected by our bodies as harmful (even though they aren’t). Once these “invaders” are detected, our bodies release antibodies, which are sent out to help fight infections and protect ourselves.

When our immune systems release antibodies in response to coming into contact with allergens, we experience allergic reactions such as itchy skin or swollen sinuses and airways. This reaction is what causes hives, rashes, swelling, runny noses or difficulty breathing when you come into contact with something you are allergic to.

The type of allergic reaction you have, if any, depends on what you come into contact with that causes your immune system to release antibodies. Some symptoms of an allergic reaction to food, certain drugs or medications, bee stings or environmental elements could include:

  • Rash/hives
  • Eczema
  • Redness
  • Swelling of the face, throat or airways
  • Itching/tingling
  • Anaphylaxis

When left untreated, any of these symptoms can rapidly progress. For example, if you feel short of breath after getting stung by a bee, you could be at risk for anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis could cause your throat to swell and your airways to close. This could cause you to go into shock and is life-threatening. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include nausea, lightheadedness, shortness of breath or inability to breath, and even a loss of consciousness.

Never risk ingesting or touching something that may trigger an allergic reaction for you. Nearly 40 percent of adults and 30 percent of children, roughly 50 million people in the U.S., suffer from allergies of some sort. The number of people who endure allergies is on the rise, though, which means even more people have to prepared for when an allergic reaction strikes. What’s more is that many allergic reaction-triggering substances occur all around our day-to-day environments. For example, peanuts and milk are the top two most common food allergies—and are also common lunchroom staples. Some common allergy triggers include:

  • Plants: Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, trees, grass and weed pollen, mold
  • Foods: Milk, peanuts, soy, eggs, wheat, tree nuts, fish and shellfish
  • Drugs: Penicillin, amoxicillin, sulfa drugs, tetracycline, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), codeine, morphine
  • Latex
  • Insects: Cockroaches, dust mites, bees, wasps, hornets, ants

What to Do When You’re Having an Allergic Reaction

You may already manage your allergies. Being in Minnesota, you’re exposed to your fair share of seasonal allergies all year long. If you know where your allergies stem from, the best treatment is simply avoiding them. Some allergens are easier to avoid than others: For instance, it’s easier to avoid eating shellfish than it is avoiding pollen in the air. If you can’t avoid allergens, though, consider taking antihistamines (Benadryl) or even hydrocortisone cream for hives or rashes. When an allergic emergency occurs, such as a bee sting, and your reaction is severe, make sure to have an epinephrine shot nearby. A quick shot from an EpiPen could be the difference between life and death while you’re on your way to seeking medical treatment.

The Urgency Room Can Treat Your Allergies Now

You don’t have to suffer through another season of allergies. Whether you live in Minneapolis, St. Paul or anywhere in between, coming to an Urgency Room today could have you quickly on the road to allergy relief. If you want to check out all we have to offer, see all the symptoms, ailments and illnesses we can treat now. And once you leave our clinic, you won’t be alone. Our library of aftercare videos can help you with questions you may have after leaving our care. When you need high-quality medical help fast, look no further than The Urgency Room.