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Allergies Specialists

Woodbridge Urgent Care

Primary Care Provider & Urgent Care Provider located in Woodbridge, VA

More than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of allergies each and every year, according to researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. For those in and around Woodbridge, Virginia, finding the right care is possible at Woodbridge Urgent Care. After a comprehensive diagnostic workup, the team at Woodbridge Urgent Care can help you find a treatment plan that will relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Booking an appointment takes just moments online or over the phone, so don’t delay.

Allergies Q&A

What are allergies?

Allergies are exaggerated immune responses to substances that aren’t normally harmful to human beings. These substances are called allergens. An allergic response is a powerful reminder of how strong your immune system is, although it can be hard to appreciate that when you’re dealing with disruptive symptoms.

When your body comes into contact with an allergen, it begins to gradually develop a sensitivity to that substance. That can cause an allergic reaction if and when you’re exposed to the same allergen in the future.

How do I know if I am having an allergic reaction?

Everyone has a unique experience with allergies, but there are signs you can look for to determine if your symptoms indicate an allergic reaction. Symptoms almost always involve a combination of inflammation and irritation.

Some examples include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itching skin
  • Flaking skin
  • Swollen or watery eyes
  • Itching nose and eyes
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Wheezing
  • Cough
  • Chest tightness
  • Swollen lips, tongue, or face

These symptoms are common among many health issues and are sometimes a sign of the common cold or another illness. If you experience severe symptoms or symptoms that recur repeatedly, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a doctor at Woodbridge Urgent Care.

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are allergic reactions that occur at certain times of the year when specific allergens are present. A wet spring can cause mold that triggers allergies and fall brings high levels of pollen. Even summer grass can lead to allergic reactions for some.

Seasonal allergies are among the most difficult to manage because there’s little you can do to control mold and pollen, especially when it becomes airborne. One approach is to closely monitor mold and pollen levels, which are provided by many media sources.

You can also take steps to reduce the volume of allergens you’re exposed to. This includes keeping your doors and windows shut, showering and washing your hair after spending time outdoors, and even wearing a mask when working or exercising outside.

What treatments are there for seasonal allergies?

Woodbridge Urgent Care can provide treatments to help you manage seasonal allergy symptoms. Steroid injections can improve sinusitis, which is an infection in your sinus cavities. Immunotherapy is effective for many, and works by introducing minute volumes of allergens to help your body develop a tolerance over time.

If you’d like to explore these and other treatments for allergies, call Woodbridge Urgent Care or book a visit online today.