Seven Corners Medical Center
Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Falls Church, VA
Whether you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, or have a chronic allergy to foods or environmental substances, internal medicine specialists, George Sopko, MD, MPH, and Anu George, MD, can help. At Seven Corners Medical Center in Falls Church, Virginia, you can receive on-site allergy testing and custom treatment plans to address your watery eyes, itchy nose, and even more serious allergic reactions. Schedule a consultation online now or call the office today.
Allergies Q & A
What are allergies?
Allergies are your body’s overreaction to substances usually considered otherwise harmless. Allergies can be seasonal and triggered by higher amounts of pollen in the air, especially during spring and summer. You can also have a physical reaction any time you come into contact with substances like:
- Pet dander
- Certain medications
Insect bites or stings can also trigger an allergic reaction. After exposure to an allergen, your immune system creates antibodies known as immunoglobulin E that produces a variety of physical symptoms.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
Allergies can cause a variety of symptoms, many of which are similar to the common cold. Making contact with pollen or other substances you’re allergic to (called allergens) can result in:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Skin rash
- Chronic cough
For some, the reaction to an allergen may be more serious, a condition known as anaphylaxis. This reaction causes swelling in your mouth and airways, making it difficult for you to breathe. Without immediate medical treatment, the condition can become life-threatening.
How are allergies diagnosed?
To determine if your symptoms are related to allergies, your Seven Corners Medical Center provider reviews your medical history and assesses the severity of your symptoms.
Confirming the cause of your allergies involves allergy testing either through blood work or skin testing. A blood test can confirm the presence of antibodies, while skin testing exposes you to small amounts of suspected allergens. The team monitors your body’s reaction during testing to determine the best course of treatment.
How are allergies treated?
For seasonal allergies, your Seven Corners Medical Center provider may recommend over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications to alleviate your symptoms.
If you have allergies to foods, you can receive guidance for avoiding them while still maintaining a healthy diet.
The team also offers treatment and prevention resources for anaphylaxis. This typically involves a prescription for injectable epinephrine that quickly reverses swelling in your airways. You’ll also need to seek immediate medical care at the local emergency room following an anaphylactic reaction.
To find relief for your allergies, schedule an evaluation at Seven Corners Medical Center today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.
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