THE VIRGINIA CENTER FOR ALLERGY & ASTHMA
Welcome to The Virginia Center for Allergy & Asthma home to one of Northern Virginia’s Top Doctors! Our practice was founded in 2004 by Dr. Robert Sikora in Woodbridge, VA. Today, he and his staff provide outstanding allergy and asthma care for both pediatric and adult patients in Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, and Stafford. Our philosophy of practice is focused on a patient-centered approach – we truly believe in listening, teaching, and developing a personalized treatment plan for each of our patients. We take pride in the fact that we have helped over 14,000 patients find relief from their allergies, asthma, and other related conditions.
SEASONAL AND YEAR ROUND ALLERGIES
Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the nose, often due to an allergy to pollen, dust or other airborne substances. Seasonal allergic rhinitis also is known as “hay fever,” a disorder which causes sneezing, itching, a runny nose and nasal congestion.
PEDIATRIC AND ADULT ASTHMA
Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease characterized by recurrent breathing problems. People with asthma have acute episodes or when the air passages in their lungs get narrower, and breathing becomes more difficult. Sometimes episodes of asthma are triggered by allergens, although infection, exercise, cold air and other factors are also important triggers.
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ECZEMA, HIVES, AND OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS
Eczema refers to an inflammation of the skin, usually causing itching and sometimes accompanied by crusting, scaling or blisters. A type of eczema often made worse by allergen exposure is termed “atopic dermatitis”. Urticaria is a skin condition, common known as hives, characterized by the development of itchy, raised white lumps surrounded by an area of red inflammation.
Adverse reactions to food can have a wide spectrum of symptoms among patients. Therefore, a thorough history is imperative to determining what type of testing and treatment options are appropriate.
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Unfortunately, several patients avoid penicillin for years due to history of an adverse reaction –which many times they cannot even recall. Penicillin testing can reliably diagnose immediate type hypersensitivity to penicillin and its various components. It involves a series of skin prick tests and intradermal tests, followed by an oral challenge of Amoxacillin, observed in the office.
STINGING INSECT ALLERGY
This procedure is offered to patients who have reported a serious, near-fatal reaction to a stinging insect such as honeybees, yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets. It involves a series of skin prick tests and intradermal tests with small amounts of the insect venom.
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ROBERT SIKORA, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI
Dr. Robert Sikora founded The Virginia Center for Allergy and Asthma with the goal to provide exceptional diagnostic and treatment options for a wide spectrum of allergic disorders. He has been practicing in Virginia for over 15 years and is a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He obtained his medical degree at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School in 1994; he then completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 1997 at Northwestern University. Dr. Sikora remained at Northwestern University to complete his fellowship in Allergy/Immunology which he completed in 1999. He was elected Chief Fellow of the Allergy/Immunology Division at Northwestern University and also won the Illinois State Allergy Society Award for excellence in research for his paper on occupational asthma.
DARSHANA ALLE, MD
Dr. Darshana Alle joined the Virginia Center for Allergy and Asthma in 2015 after four years in private practice in Northern Virginia. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy & Immunology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Alle is a native of Louisiana, but completed the majority of her medical training in Ohio. She graduated from the University of Akron in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences and obtained her medical degree at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2005. She then pursued her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland. After completing residency, she returned to Louisiana to complete her fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the Tulane University Medical Center in 2011.
We look forward to helping you feel better!