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Emergency Care for Sudden, Acute Symptoms

An allergic reaction, severe headache, or chest pain can affect you very suddenly, and each is recognized as an acute symptom. Seek emergency treatment immediately as any sudden onset symptoms can indicate significant medical conditions.

For emergency care with humankindness, Dignity Health St. John's can accurately diagnose and treat the cause of your quick onset symptoms.


Identifying Sudden Onset Allergy Symptoms & More at Dignity Health St. John's

You suddenly don’t feel well. You may have a hard time breathing or your vision becomes blurry. Our doctors consider these and other signs quick onset symptoms. If you experience these and any of the acute symptoms below, call 911 or get immediate medical attention:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding
  • Severe headache or eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Seizure
  • Paralysis
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Syncope

Our doctors will ask you about these and any other symptoms you may have in order to provide an accurate diagnosis. Throughout your medical care, you will find our emergency team will treat you with a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect for your healing and well-being.


Pinpoint the Cause of Your Sudden Onset Symptoms

The flu, allergies, and asthma all can lead to the development of acute symptoms. They are part of a lengthy list of underlying medical conditions, ranging from mild to severe, and can include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Heart attack
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Stroke
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Epiglottitis
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Esophageal varices

See a doctor at Dignity Health St. John's for personalized care for these and other medical conditions.