Allergies

Allergies Specialist
Allergies can strike at any time, and it's even possible to develop brand new allergies as you age. Whether you’re dealing with environmental allergies, skin allergies, or food allergies, help is available. Dr. Mingliarti Tjahjana at One Health Medical Care in Reston, Virginia, is experienced in helping patients deal with their allergic reactions in the most effective ways possible. Get help with your allergies by calling Dr. Tjahjana’s office, or schedule your appointment online.

Allergies Q & A

What are the types of allergies?

There are three main categories of allergies, including:

Environmental allergies
Environmental allergies are the most common type. They may include allergies to dust, pet dander, pollen, smoke, and nearly any other substance that may be present in your environment.

Food allergies
Food allergies are also fairly common today. It's possible to be allergic to nearly any type of food, but some of the most common food allergies include nut allergies, dairy allergies, and grain allergies.

Skin allergies
Skin allergies are a less common type of allergy, but they still cause problems for many patients today. Latex is one common type of skin allergy, and there are also many substances like dyes and perfumes in soaps and lotions that can trigger allergic reactions.

How do you know if you have allergies?

There is a wide range of allergic symptoms, and those symptoms can vary based upon whether the allergy is an environmental allergy, a skin allergy, or a food allergy. Some common environmental allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Breathing problems
  • Rashes or blotchy skin

Some common food allergy symptoms include:

  • Swelling of the lips and mouth
  • Swelling in the windpipe
  • Breathing problems
  • Red skin
  • Vomiting

Some common skin allergy symptoms include:

  • Bumpy skin
  • Red skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Dry or patchy skin
  • Bleeding or oozing skin

No matter what kind of allergy it is, a severe reaction can cause major health problems that could include loss of consciousness. Allergic reactions can even be deadly if they're not addressed promptly.

How does allergy testing work?

If you suspect you might have an allergy, call Dr. Tjahjana so that she can run a blood test. Blood tests are great indicators of allergies because when your body comes into contact with something it’s allergic to -- an allergen -- your body creates antibodies to fight it off. A blood test reveals these antibodies, which point toward a specific allergy.

How are allergies treated?

Allergies can be treated with a customized approach. This may include allergy shots, oral medication, and minimizing exposure to allergy triggers.