At ENT Partners of Texas we have the largest and most experienced otolaryngologic allergy center in north Texas. Our physicians have completed extra training. specializing in the treatment of allergies and allergic diseases.
We treat both adults and children over 8 years of age. Our physicians and clinicians make patient care our top priority. Our goal is to make the patient experience as pleasant as possible and address the needed symptom relief. We encourage patients who have questions concerning allergies and treatment to please contact our office, and one of our experienced allergy technicians will address the question or concern.
Allergic rhinitis (also referred to simply as allergies) is a disorder that occurs when the body detects foreign substances called allergens. Allergic rhinitis occur because the body’s defense system mistakes harmless allergens for something potentially harmful. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis occur when a substance called histamine is released into the blood. The histamine causes the most common symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat and a stuffy nose. Other less common symptoms a patient might experience include chronic sinusitis, dizziness, ear problems, rashes, hives and stomach problems.
Allergy testing involves placing a tiny dose of a common allergen below the skin and monitoring thy body’s reaction to the allergen. Our method of testing allows us to see not only what the patient is allergic to, but also the severity of their allergic response to each allergen. This specific information allows us to create a unique treatment tailored to the patient’s exact needs.
The first line of therapy for allergies is avoidance. Knowing what triggers an allergic reaction through allergy testing allows allergy sufferers to avoid being exposed to harmful triggers. ENT Partners of Texas helps its patients by supplying them with extensive knowledge on what to avoid to keep their allergies in check.
Immunotherapy is one of the only scientifically proven methods to control allergies in the long-term. It is the ideal solution for those who cannot avoid allergic triggers and have problems managing their allergies, or do not like feeling “medicated”. Treatment can be accomplished orally or through injections.
Allergy shots began as a once-a-week injection given in our office. As the patient’s symptoms decrease the injections may be spaced out to every other week.
Sublingual therapy is a convenient way for a patient to self-administer immunotherapy in the comfort of their own home. Drops are placed under the tongue once a day by the patient. This method of therapy practically eliminates the patient’s chance of having a negative reaction to the allergens.
Allergy tablets are another alternative to shots. Patients take a once-a-day tablet that dissolves quickly under the tongue. The tablet(s) help with the most common allergies (from grass and ragweed).