Allergy Doctor Vienna VA
Black & Kletz Allergy provides expert allergy and clinical immunology services from an allergy doctor Vienna VA residents have long trusted as the board certified allergists have more than 50 years of experience.
Our allergy doctor Vienna VA inhabitants trust is a specially trained physician with expertise in the treatment of allergic and immunological diseases. After successfully completing internship and residency training in either pediatrics or internal medicine, our allergy doctor Vienna VA residents desire underwent further training for 2 to 3 years in an accredited allergy and immunology fellowship training program. During training, our allergy doctor Vienna VA residents trust learned to diagnose and treat various disorders affecting the immune system.
The disorders affecting the immune system may include allergic sensitivity to environmental allergens (e.g., dust mites, molds, pollens, pets, cockroaches), foods, medications, insect sting venoms, etc. Environmental allergies usually affect the respiratory system causing conditions such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic conjunctivitis, and asthma.
The most common allergens affecting the respiratory system are aeroallergens that are inhaled such as the aforementioned dust mites and their droppings, mold spores, pollens (e.g., trees, grasses, weeds), animal dander, and cockroaches. The allergy doctor Vienna VA inhabitants respect is trained in identifying the specific allergens that cause allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, and asthma. Our allergist is able to identify the specific allergies by performing diagnostic allergy tests such as skin tests and/or blood tests. The allergy doctor Vienna VA residents trust then provides detailed information to the patient about the various ways of avoiding exposure to these specific substances by way of environmental controls. The symptoms of respiratory allergies may include nasal congestion, runny nose, post-nasal drip, itchy nose, itchy throat, itchy eyes, watery eyes, redness of the eyes, puffy eyes, sneezing, facial pressure, headaches, sinus pain, sinus congestion, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and/or shortness of breath. The allergy doctor Vienna VA inhabitants have confidence in will prescribe medications in order to relieve these symptoms. Our allergist will also explain the medications to the patient as well as their potential side effects. In addition, our allergy doctor Vienna VA residents respect may offer a desensitization treatment (i.e., allergy shots, allergy injections, allergy immunotherapy, allergy hyposensitization) protocol, which will build up tolerance to these allergens and help prevent future allergy and/or asthma symptoms. This process is especially useful when the environmental controls are not feasible and/or when medications are not helping enough or causing undesirable side effects. The allergy doctor Vienna VA inhabitants admire will give detailed information to the patient about allergy shots including possible benefits and risks from the procedure. It should be noted that allergy shots are efficacious in about 80-85% of patients receiving them. Allergy shots have also been given to allergy sufferers for more than 100 years and are generally taken for 3-5 years.
Food allergens may cause generalized itching (i.e., pruritus), hives (i.e., urticarial), swelling (i.e., angioedema) and rarely life-threatening allergic reactions (i.e., anaphylaxis). The most common foods that cause allergic reactions in children and adults include peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish. The allergy doctor Vienna VA residents trust will perform diagnostic tests in order to identify the specific food allergens that a person is sensitized to and the allergist will then educate the patient in methods of avoidance. Our allergy doctor Vienna VA inhabitants respect will also prescribe an epinephrine self-injectable device such as an EpiPen, Auvi-Q, or Adrenaclick for use by the patient or parent in case of inadvertent exposure resulting in a systemic reaction.
Insect venom allergies affect thousands of patients annually in the U.S. They can cause life-threatening allergic reactions after stings by honey bee, yellow jacket, yellow faced hornets, white faced hornets, wasps, and fire ants. Our Allergy doctor Vienna VA residents trust performs allergy skin tests in order to detect one’s sensitivity to insect venoms. Our allergist may offer desensitization injections (i.e., allergy shots) to individuals with positive skin tests along with a convincing history of a systemic reaction in order to reduce the risks of a life-threatening reaction after such a sting.
The board certified allergy doctors at Black & Kletz Allergy have been treating patients for allergies, asthma, and immunologic conditions for over many years and have offices in Washington, DC, McLean, VA (Tysons Corner, VA), and Manassas, VA. We have been serving the Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland metropolitan area for over 5 decades and treat both adult and pediatric patients. All 3 offices at Black & Kletz Allergy offer on-site parking and 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. Please call one of our offices to schedule an appointment. You may also click Request an Appointment and we will reply within 24 hours by the next business day. At Black & Kletz Allergy, we strive to improve the quality of life in allergic individuals in a professional and compassionate setting.