An allergic reaction can be serious and even deadly in some instances. For this reason, it’s important not to ignore symptoms when they occur. If you think you are having an allergic reaction, you need to call 911 right away. If you’ve had reactions in the past and want to get to the bottom of what triggers your symptoms, we can help. McLean & Potomac Dermatology offers testing services to identify allergens and help you stay away from them for good.

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What Is an Allergic Reaction?

An allergic reaction is the body’s response to a foreign invader. When the body comes in contact with one of these substances, it mounts an immune response. However, sometimes the body identifies something harmless as a foreign invader and attacks it. The substance is then considered a trigger of the allergy, also known as an allergen. Allergies can develop even after years of exposure to a substance. There are a few steps to take when an allergic reaction develops.

How Are Allergic Reactions Addressed?

Several factors can trigger an allergic reaction. Some of the most common allergens include:

  • Pets (esp. if they sleep in your bed)
  • House plants
  • Medications
  • Laundry detergents
  • Products containing fragrances and dyes
  • New fabrics
  • Dusty spaces
  • Cosmetics

You must seek immediate medical attention if you experience unusual symptoms, such as blisters, difficulty breathing, itchy throat, swollen lips, or a severe rash. The obvious next step is to discontinue contact with your allergen. However, identifying what triggered your allergy may be difficult alone.

What to Expect From Treatment

At McLean & Potomac Dermatology, we can provide testing and identify the allergens that may have triggered your symptoms. These tests can be performed quickly and can give us the information necessary to help keep you safe. It’s important to get these tests done as soon as possible if you believe you may have allergies.

Find Allergic Reaction Testing in McLean, VA, or Potomac, MD

If you’re experiencing a severe allergic reaction, don’t wait. Call 911 immediately to get the treatment you need. If you think you may have allergies, we can provide testing services to determine what your triggers are. Contact our team at McLean & Potomac Dermatology to learn more today.

You can reach us by messaging us through the Klara app on this website or giving us a call at (703) 356-5111.

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