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Welcome to The Center for Allergy & Sinus. We have been providing quality ear, nose and throat care to patients in the Houston area for over 35 years.

Our separate allergy center is dedicated to those patients whose quality of life is affected by allergies. We are committed to treating each patient with focused attention and compassion, and will work hard to find a treatment solution geared at reducing – or eliminating – your suffering.

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  • Summer allergies treatment  Houston TX Summer is here! The birds are chirping, the bugs are buzzing and the flowers are blooming. While many of us associate seasonal allergies with spring, they are actually just as much of a problem during the summer months.

    Common Summer Allergy Symptoms

    Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, watery eyes and postnasal drip. In order to find relief, your Houston allergy doctor will first need to determine what you are allergic to through a series of allergy tests.

    Allergy Triggers

    Many of the same allergy triggers from spring are responsible for your headache and stuffy nose in the summer.

    Pollen

    The #1 cause of allergy symptoms is pollen. While tree pollen has usually come and gone by the end of spring, grasses and weeds are going strong. There are a wide variety of weeds and grasses, the most common include:

    Weeds

    • Ragweed
    • Cockleweed
    • Pigweed
    • Russian thistle
    • Sagebrush
    • Tumbleweed

    Grasses

    • Bermuda
    • Blue grasses
    • Orchard
    • Red top
    • Sweet vernal
    • Timothy

    Insects

    Insects are synonymous with summer. The most serious allergic reactions occur from the sting/bite of the following: yellow jackets, honeybees, paper wasps, hornets and fire ants. While the insect stings themselves can cause mild symptoms like swelling or itching, those who are allergic can experience a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. This potentially fatal reaction can cause swelling in the throat and breathing difficulties. Symptoms may develop within seconds of exposure and include abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea, rapid pulse, heart palpitations, inflammation of the face and eyes and mental confusion.

    Mold

    Know what else besides you loves the warm air of summer? Mold! Mold and the toxins it secretes are what cause allergic reactions. Common symptoms are headaches, feelings of nausea and asthma complications. Stachybotrys is a black, sticky, slimy fungus that is often found in homes and older office buildings. Since it needs water to grow it is found around water pipes, in the walls around plumbing or near areas moistened by a leaky roof. Summer allergies are treated like other season allergies – with avoidance, medication or immunotherapy. To find out more about the best treatments for your summer allergies, contact your Houston allergy doctor today.
  • Think you have an allergy to the “miracle drug?”

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    Penicillin Allergy

    If you have ever been told you are allergic to penicillin, you are not alone. This type of allergy is chronically over diagnosed in Houston, Texas and around the country. While there are alternatives to this antibiotic, they are often less appropriate or more expensive.

    Visit Your Houston Allergy Specialist

    There is some good news. If you were diagnosed as a child, think your recent diagnosis was incorrect or just want to know for sure, one of the allergy services offered at your Houston allergy center are a series of tests that can determine if you are actually allergic to the miracle drug. First, your Houston allergy specialist will review your medical history. They are specifically looking for details on the last time you experienced a penicillin-induced allergic reaction, including the type of symptoms you experienced and the timeframe of the event.

    Once your Houston allergy specialist confirms it is safe for you to continue, a skin test will be performed. A drop of penicillin extract is placed on the skin and a small needle is used to prick the top layer of skin directly below the drop. After 15 minutes, any reaction, such as a red, itchy bump is measured. This is a positive reaction, which indicates a high likelihood of a penicillin allergy. While a negative reaction typically means you are not allergic, a negative reaction can be caused by a few factors so an additional test is usually ordered for confirmation.

    The gold standard of penicillin allergy testing is a graded challenge. This test is completed in your Houston allergy center with continuous oversight; thus ensuring if you do have a reaction it can be treated immediately. You will ingest four or five doses of the penicillin and any and all reactions are measured. The first is a very low dose and they gradually increase as the challenge progresses. If you can tolerate all the doses without a reaction your doctor is able to confirm you are officially not allergic to penicillin. Yay! Time to do your happy dance.

    For more information on penicillin testing, contact your local Houston allergy specialist.

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