Allergy Testing Service in Germantown, MD, Woodbridge, VA, & Alexandria, VA
At Medical Access Urgent Care we offer allergy testing for food, environmental & seasonal allergies. Call (301) 273-7549 or schedule an appointment online. Visit us at a location near you today.
Sometimes an allergy can be difficult to detect. You might be suffering from mild symptoms, like a stuffy nose. Other times an allergy is really obvious, with rashes, hives, or even more severe symptoms. If you suspect that you have an allergy, it’s best to receive testing right away. The sooner you detect an allergy, the sooner you can determine what related allergens you could be allergic to. For example, a patient with an allergy to tomatoes could also be allergic to other foods in the nightshade family, such as potatoes.
Here at Medical Access, you can get quick, convenient testing for common allergies. You can request testing for only those things you suspect could be allergens, or you can request more comprehensive testing for a variety of allergens. Then our professionals can help you put together a list of allergens so you can avoid them in the future. We can also look for peanut allergies in children and provide allergen lists for parents! At Medical Access, we offer allergy testing in Germantown, Woodbridge, Alexandria, and the surrounding areas.
Who is at risk for allergies and allergic reactions?
Anyone of any age can have or develop an allergy. Some of us can develop allergies later in life, while others suffer from allergies because were genetically predisposed to by our parents. One of the reasons it is so important to receive allergy testing is that allergies can be difficult to predict. Also, the severity of an allergic reaction can be difficult to predict.
What are the most common allergy symptoms?
Some of the most common symptoms of an allergy include:
- Dermal reactions, like hives, dermatitis, or eczema
- Respiratory system issues, like difficulty breathing or other issues affecting the lungs or nose
- Gastrointestinal system issues, like indigestion and upset stomach
- Clogged sinuses or a runny nose
- Eye irritation
- Swelling of the ears, eyelids, and/or lips
- Allergic rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, can be mistaken for the common cold. It is a type of allergic reaction that affects the eyes and particularly the nose. Congestion, itchy eyes, and a runny nose are common symptoms. Here at Medical Access, our allergy testing can help to diagnose allergic rhinitis.
Anaphylaxis is a severe and possibly life-threatening allergic reaction, so if you believe you are experiencing anaphylaxis, call 911 immediately for emergency care. Some of the symptoms could be:
- A drop in your blood pressure
- Urticaria or hives
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Throat or tongue swelling
- Feeling like you’re about to lose consciousness
Is Asthma related to allergies?
Asthma can be related to allergies, yes. Asthma is caused by airway inflammation, and the cause of that inflammation could be exposure to an allergen, such as dust mites. It is very important to properly diagnose asthma, so leave this to the experts here at Medical Access. Diagnosis may require a detailed eye exam or Pulmonary Function Testing. Allergy testing will also help us with diagnosis.
Where should I go for allergy testing in Germantown, Woodbridge, or Alexandria?
Over 50 million people in the US have allergies, and many more don’t even know it yet. Let’s get you tested for allergies here at Medical Access. We provide testing for allergies to many common substances, including wheat, mold, weeds, trees, grass, dairy, beer, poultry, nuts, seafood, fruits, and vegetables. We work with many insurers to help cover the costs of your visit.
Our testing is straightforward with a simple, harmless skin test. We place potential allergens onto your skin with a micro-pointed applicator. Then, we measure your reactions, if any, in only 20 minutes. Finally, we’ll recommend that you avoid certain substances, or we’ll recommend any necessary treatment.
We have 3 locations to serve you better in Germantown, Woodbridge, and Alexandria. Please visit our contact page to make an appointment for an allergy test. We look forward to your visit here at Medical Access!