The board certified allergists at Black & Kletz Allergy serve as the allergist VA residents respect and seek when they suspect an allergy. The allergy practice has 2 convenient locations in Virginia and one location in the northwest section of downtown Washington DC. All the 3 office locations are frequented by an allergist VA inhabitants have long trusted.
The Black & Kletz allergist VA residents admire is a physician trained in diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders related to allergies and clinical immunology. That allergist Virginia residents are accustomed to and who works at Black & Kletz Allergy has more than 30 years of experience in treating patients with allergic and immunological disorders.
Our allergist VA patients respect diagnoses and treats many allergic conditions including asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder mostly affecting the individual’s lungs. Genetic factors may play a role in the causation of asthma making the malady more likely to run in families. Unfortunately, genetic predisposition cannot be altered at this time.
The symptoms of asthma include coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and/or wheezing. Inflammation of the tissues in the lungs lead to swelling of the walls of the bronchial tubes carrying air in and out of the lungs. This swelling of the walls causes narrowing of the lumen inside the tubes. In addition, the muscles in the walls of the bronchial tubes go into spasmodic contraction, making the lumen even narrower. Inflammation also leads to excessive secretion of the mucus in the airways and thick secretions can plug the lumen of the airways causing additional blockage.
Environmental factors may play a role in aggravating asthma and triggering acute exacerbations of asthma symptoms. Our allergist Virginia residents have long trusted has special training in identifying these factors. Our allergist will educate patients in the various ways of avoiding exposure to them. Some of these factors may include infections, allergens, irritants, temperature changes, and physical exertion.
Viral infections are a known trigger for asthma symptoms. These infections may also lead to upper respiratory symptoms such as nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, and fever. The common cold and influenza (i.e., the flu) are examples of a viral infections that can aggravate asthma symptoms.
Cold air, smoke, chemical sprays, and strong odors are the typical irritants that tend to trigger asthma symptoms. Allergens differ from irritants in that they are mostly biological in origin and act through the immune system by forming antibodies. These allergens can be indoor or outdoor in nature. Indoor allergens include dust mites, mold spores, cockroaches, and cat/dog dander. Outdoor allergens include pollens from trees, grasses, ragweed and other weeds. The allergist VA inhabitants admire has the training and years of experience and expertise in identifying the specific allergens playing a role in aggravating asthma in individual patients. In order to confirm an individual’s allergies, our allergist Virginia patients respect are trained to perform and interpret skin testing with the common allergens. Once the specific allergens the patient is sensitized to are identified, a treatment plan is formulated in order to decrease the severity of asthma symptoms.
Our allergist VA patients confide in will then educate the patient in the ways to avoid exposure to the identified allergens. Furthermore, our allergist Virginia residents respect will prescribe the appropriate medications which are designed to control asthma if taken daily as a preventive maintenance option. Patients also need short acting rapid relief medications to relieve the acute symptoms quickly. These inhalers are used on an as needed basis. In addition to giving prescriptions, our allergist VA inhabitants trust will demonstrate and coaches the patient in the proper technique of using these inhalers. These asthma inhalers may differ in the way they are used depending on the type of inhaler prescribed.
The allergist VA residents have confided in for over 30 years also utilizes allergy desensitization protocols aimed at building up tolerance to the allergens which helps to achieve better control of allergies and asthma, as well as reduce the need for medications in the long term. Allergy immunotherapy (i.e., allergy shots) are advantageous in 80-85% of individuals who take them. Allergy shots have been used in the U.S. for more than 100 years and are very effective in treating asthma, allergic rhinitis (i.e., hay fever), and allergic conjunctivitis (i.e., eye allergies).
The board certified allergists at Black & Kletz Allergy will promptly answer any questions you may have regarding asthma or allergies. Our allergists have been diagnosing and treating asthma and allergies in the Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland metropolitan area for more than 50 years. We have 3 convenient locations in the DC metro area with offices in Washington, DC, McLean, VA (Tysons Corner, VA), and Manassas, VA. There is on-site parking at each location and both the Washington, DC and McLean, VA offices are Metro accessible. There is a free shuttle that runs between our McLean, VA office and the Spring Hill metro station on the silver line. To schedule an appointment, please call us at any one of our 3 locations. You can alternatively click Request an Appointment and we will respond within 24 hours by the next business day. Black & Kletz Allergy is dedicated in providing the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment modalities in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology.