Every patient reacts differently to asthma, allergies and disorders of the immune system. From congestion caused by an allergic reaction, to breathing difficulties associated with asthma or complications from immune-system disorders, relief is here at UT Health East Texas Physicians.
To make an appointment with our providers, please call one of our allergy/immunology clinics:
Patriot Drive in Tyler
North Campus Tyler on Hwy. 271
We provide patients with individualized care to treat symptoms associated with asthma, allergies and immune-system disorders. Our goal is to help our patients find relief by easing symptoms and preventing complications. We are committed to treatment that gives patients freedom to live more full, active lives.
Our dedication goes beyond our allergy clinic. The asthma specialists at UT Health East Texas oversee Texas Asthma Camp each summer and also provide asthma care on the go with the Breath of Life mobile asthma clinic. The Breath of Life travels to schools and organizations throughout Northeast Texas to provide care for children. To talk to someone about our mobile asthma clinic, call 903-877-8925.
Conditions we commonly treat include:
- Seasonal, food, or drug allergies
- Peanut allergy
- Allergic rhinitus or hay fever
- Insect allergies
- Severe allergic reactions
- Chronic cough
- Recurrent respiratory tract infections
- Atopic dermatitis or eczema
- Skin allergies
We offer a variety of treatment options at UT Health East Texas Physicians, including:
- Allergy skin testing
Allergy skin testing involves exposing skin to potential allergens and then measuring the reaction. The testing is done in the clinic and usually lasts about two hours. These tests help determine what may cause allergic reactions.
- Hyposensitization (allergy shots)
Hyposensitization, or allergy shots, is a way to decrease sensitivity to allergens, the substances that trigger allergies when patients are exposed to them. Patients receive allergy shots with increasing amounts of allergen over four to five years. The goal is to achieve long-lasting allergy relief after treatment is complete.
- Rush immunotherapy (accelerated immunotherapy)
Rush immunotherapy, or accelerated immunotherapy, is a process that can speed up a patient’s tolerance to an allergen. Patients spend a day at UT Health East Texas and receive multiple injections. Rush immunotherapy allows patients to eliminate the build-up phase of allergy shots and reach a maintenance dose much more quickly. This typically results in a much faster reduction of allergy symptoms.
- Sublingual therapy (allergy drops)
Sublingual immunotherapy, or allergy drops, desensitizes patients to their allergies through medication taken under the tongue in a liquid form rather than through an injection or shot, making allergy drops an excellent alternative for allergy sufferers young and old.
Allergy drops can be conveniently administered at home, which means fewer office visits. Although the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve sublingual therapy, allergy drops have repeatedly been shown in studies to be safe and effective, have been approved by the World Health Organization and are widely used in Europe.
Palforzia is the first and only FDA-approved treatment to help reduce the severity of allergic reactions to peanuts, including anaphylaxis/severe allergic reaction due to accidental exposure to peanuts or products that contain peanuts. UT Health East Texas Physicians Paul C. Sharkey Jr., MD, offers Palforzia, peanut allergy treatment. Peanut allergy is the second most common food allergy in children. It can be difficult for children and parents to prevent or treat allergic reactions. Depending on the severity of the allergy, it can cause a severe allergic reaction or death.