Washingtonians are always looking for highly qualified Washington, DC allergy specialists. With its temperate climate, increased humidity, and mix of urban and natural landscapes, the Washington, DC area is host to numerous allergy and asthma triggers. From the pollen of the diverse flora to the mold which is ever-present, Washington, DC causes many unpleasant allergy symptoms for its residents, sending them in search of a top Washington, DC allergy specialist. While there are a variety of allergens that may irritate you while outdoors, you may also be allergic to indoor allergens that are commonly found in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. If you suffer from the symptoms of allergies or asthma, a consultation with a trusted board certified allergy specialist in the Washington, DC area is highly recommended.
Allergies can affect each of us in different ways. Most commonly, people think of hay fever (allergic rhinitis) symptoms when they thinks of “allergies.” The typical symptoms of hay fever may include some or all of the following: runny nose, itchy nose, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, sneezing, itchy eyes, watery eyes, redness of the eyes, itchy throat, sore throat, itchy ears, clogged ears, sinus congestion, sinus pain, sinus pressure, fatigue, and decreased sense of taste and/or smell. Frequent or chronic sinus infections (sinusitis) are a common complication in people who have hay fever. The most common allergens that cause hay fever include pollens, molds, dust mites, pets, and cockroaches.
Allergies can also trigger asthma symptoms in asthmatics. These individuals may experience wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and/or chest tightness. The symptoms may range from mild and intermittent to severe and persistent. It is important to see a Washington, DC allergy and asthma specialist if you experience these symptoms.
Allergies may also play an important role in causing many skin conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis), hives (urticaria), generalized itchy skin (pruritus), swelling episodes (angioedema), and allergic contact dermatitis (e.g., poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, nickel allergy, cosmetics allergy). If you have experienced red, itchy, swollen, and/or scaly skin or have needed hives treatment in Washington, DC, your skin manifestations may also be the result of allergies.
In addition, many people experience allergic reactions to foods, medications, food dyes, preservatives in foods and/or medications, insect stings, and vaccinations. The most extreme form of an allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis, where multiple body systems are affected. This can be life-threatening and generally warrants the use of a self-injectable Epinephrine device such as an EpiPen or Auvi-Q followed by a trip to the closest emergency room or hospital. Patients with a history of anaphylaxis should always see a Washington, DC allergist to help diagnose its cause and prevent further episodes.
If you have any of the symptoms explained above, they may be due to allergies. The board certified allergy specialists at our Washington, DC office as well as our other 2 locations in Northern Virginia (McLean, VA and Manassas, VA) are highly trained to treat both adults and children, and ready to help alleviate your unwanted allergy symptoms. There is on-site parking at all 3 office locations and the Washington, DC and McLean, VA (Tysons Corner, VA) locations are Metro accessible with a free shuttle that transfers patients between the Spring Hill metro station and the McLean, VA office. The allergy doctors at Black & Kletz Allergy will employ the most effective diagnostic testing in order to detect the cause of your allergies, and then prescribe a custom, comprehensive treatment plan in order to improve your quality of life. This may include avoidance measures in conjunction with treatment with various types of medications (tablets, syrups, capsules, nasal sprays, eye drops, lung inhalers, creams, etc.), allergy immunotherapy (i.e., allergy shots, allergy injections), Xolair (omalizumab) injections, and/or newer treatment modalities as they become available. For an appointment, please call us at 202-466-4100 or alternatively you can click Request an Appointment and we will respond within 24 hours of the next business day.