Environmental Allergy Specialist

Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington

Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in Fairfax, VA & Gainesville, VA

Having allergy symptoms whether yearround or in spring and fall can be miserable from the nose symptoms to the sinus symptoms to the lung symptoms. Our experts at Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington offer individualized diagnostic and treatment plans so that you can take control of your allergies. Call or schedule an appointment online today with our providers at one of our locations in Fairfax, Gainesville, Vienna, Warrenton, Culpeper, or Front Royal.

Environmental Allergy Q & A

What in the environment can cause allergies?

Allergy symptoms can be year round or seasonal.

In the Virginia and Washington DC area, environmental allergens include: 

Spring
    
Fall
    
Year Round
Tree Pollens Weed pollens Dust mites
Grass polle Molds Animal dander
    Indoor molds

What are the symptoms of an environmental allergy?

The environmental allergens can cause inflammation in the eyes, nose, sinuses, lungs, and skin.

Symptoms can include:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Clearing of the throat
  • Snoring
  • Sneezing
  • Itching and watering of eyes
  • Sinus pressure/headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing, difficulty breathing and asthma
  • Skin rashes

Is there testing for an environmental allergy?

Yes. An allergist, who is a physician that is specifically trained in this field, can identify your allergic sensitivity. The most reliable method is a skin test. It involves injecting a small amount of the extract of an allergen into your skin and waiting 20 minutes to see if redness and swelling develops.

How can I manage my environmental allergies?

You should make an appointment with the providers at one of the six Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington locations for assessment and treatment of your allergies. The provider will put together an individualized treatment plan based on your clinical history and testing results. This may include education on limiting exposures, medications, and immunotherapy.

What is allergy immunotherapy?

Environmental allergy is best treated by building a stronger and protective immune response to the pollen, dust, and animals to which you may be allergic. This is done with immunotherapy. Injecting with and exposing the immune system to increasing doses of allergen result in the body making blocking antibodies (soldiers) that neutralize the offending allergen (enemy). Eventually the allergic response is turned off and symptoms significantly improve and can even resolve.

Because allergies to pollen, molds, dust, and animals can significantly impact your daily life, schedule your evaluation today with the allergists at Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington. Book your visit by calling the most convenient location or using the online scheduler.