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James Gordon Vap, MD
(202) 223-3560
2021 K St NW Ste 210
Washington, DC
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy And Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens National Med Ctr, Washington, Dc; Sibley Mem Hosp, Washington, Dc
Group Practice: Ear Nose & Throat Medical Grp

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Patricia Lynne Lugar, MD
1011 N Capitol St NE
Washington, DC
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1999

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newyork, AK
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Abdominal Radiology
Gender
Male
Languages
english
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ,
Graduation Year: 2005

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Sampson Boadi Sarpong, MD
(202) 865-4619
2041 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ghana, Med Sch, Accra, Ghana
Graduation Year: 1983

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Jay Ephraim Slater, MD
(202) 884-2070
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1979

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Floyd J Malveaux, MD PHD
(202) 806-5677
520 W Street NW,
Washington, DC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Allergy And Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 2
Graduation Year: 1974

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D Chevalier Hamilton, MD
(202) 546-0062
650 Pennsylvania Ave SE Ste 240
Washington, DC
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Providence Hosp, Washington, Dc

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Elena R Reece
(202) 865-6741
2041 Georgia Ave Nw
Washington, DC
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Dr.Appaji Gondi
(202) 466-4100
2021 K St NW # 524
Washington, DC
Gender
M
Speciality
Allergist / Immunologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Richard Nicklas
(202) 741-2770
2150 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
Gender
M
Speciality
Allergist / Immunologist
General Information
Hospital: GWU Medical Faculty Associates
Online Appt Scheduling: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Health and Allergies, Nothing to Sneeze At

Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At

By Robin Hoogshagen, RPH
Manager of Wal-Mart's Home Office Pharmacy

Spring is in the air - along with pollen, mold, and dust mites.
If you're already sneezing and reaching for a tissue, you could be one of more than 50 million Americans who suffer from allergic diseases, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, costing the healthcare system $18 billion annually.

What is an allergy? Everyone comes into contact with foreign substances, such as pollen. When a person has an allergic response, his or her body reacts to the foreign substance as if it were harmful. The body then releases potent chemicals, such as histamine, which cause the symptoms we usually associate with allergies - sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing, itching and hives.

Some of the most common allergens are pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal dander. In addition, some people suffer from food allergies, or have extreme reactions to insect stings, and even to some medications.

Diagnosing and treating allergies

If you think you might have allergies, contact your doctor. He or she can administer an allergy skin test, or scratch test, where a sample of different allergens are tested on your skin for a reaction.

To treat allergies, doctors today often use a triple approach. This means working with patients to:

  • Avoid allergens as much as possible
  • Submit to a series of allergen shots, or
  • Find the right combination of prescription or over-the-counter medications to ease symptoms.

Avoiding allergens can be as simple as remaining indoors during the early part of the day when pollen levels outside tend to be higher. People with sensitivities to dust mites can eliminate wall-to-wall carpet in their home and instead use washable throw rugs over an easily cleaned floor surface.

Someone allergic to pets might have to forgo pet ownership altogether. Barring that, you can try grooming your pet frequently and using a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency filter. Keeping pets out of your bedroom - and especially off your bed - is another tactic that might help ease allergy symptoms.

Like making changes in your lifestyle and home, allergy shots require a certain level of commitment for the allergy sufferer. A doctor injects extracts of the allergen into the skin over a period of weeks, months, and sometimes years to help the immune system create antibodies.

Easing the symptoms

Need more immediate relief? There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications that might help.
Antihistamines are used to treat sneezing, watery and irritated eyes, and runny noses. Diphenhydramine and chlorpheniramine, commonly known as Benadryl and ChlorTrimeton, are two familiar antihistamines. However, common side effects include drowsiness, so use caution when taking these medications.
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