Allergy

Allergy Care at UTMB Health

Allergies? Asthma? Sinus Issues? Breathing Problems?
We Can Help Your Entire Family…

UTMB Health treats a wide range of allergy and breathing-related conditions for both adults and children. Our specialists provide a thorough evaluation of your condition, from the very common to the very rare, to develop a personalized treatment plan to treat a wide range of conditions, including immune deficiencies, asthma and sinusitis. With convenient locations across the bay area, you can breathe easy that allergy and sinus help is not far from home.

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Millions of Americans suffer from allergy and sinus conditions and may not realize the proper treatment needed to alleviate their suffering. Knowing the difference between allergy and sinus symptoms and seeking treatment from your health care professional is the first step to a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Allergy symptoms appear when the immune system reacts to an allergic substance that has entered your body. The immune system produces special antibodies to fight the allergic substance. As the antibodies fight the allergens, it causes a number of reactions including tissue damage, blood vessel dilation, and the production of inflammatory substances, such as histamine. Histamine causes common allergy symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and headaches. 

Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities caused by bacteria. It is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation caused by pollutants. The sinuses become inflamed and cannot properly drain leading to congestion and further infection if not properly treated. Sinusitis symptoms include facial pressure or pain and nasal congestion. Sinusitis requires antibiotics to cure the infection and prevent damage to the sinuses. 

 

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Fall Allergy Tips

Major triggers of fall allergies can be weeds, such as ragweed; some trees including mountain cedar and elm; and mold. Common symptoms of fall allergies are nasal drainage, congestion, itchy eyes or nose, and sneezing.

To help reduce the effects of fall allergies, follow these tips to manage allergy symptoms:

  1. Stay indoors during times of high pollen counts
  2. Change clothes or shower if you've been outdoors for an extended time
  3. Keep the windows in your house and car closed
  4. Clean vents and change air filters to remove mold and allergens

To determine what's causing allergy symptoms, schedule a visit with an allergy specialist to properly diagnose specific allergic reactions you may have. They can conduct allergy skin testing in the clinic while you wait and prescribe a personalized treatment plan for your allergy symptoms.

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