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Denton, Texas 76201

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Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy 

We are an AllerVision-affiliated medical clinic

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to an inappropriate stimulus, such as dust, pollen, grass, pet dander, mold, etc. The immune system believes it is being invaded by a parasite rather than a harmless allergen in the environment, and therefore it rallies its defenses to fight off the enemy.

Allergy Symptoms

The list of symptoms caused by allergies is longer than you might think. Primary signs of allergies include:
  • Runny or congested nose

  • Sneezing

  • Watery and itchy eyes

  • Asthma

  • Frequent ear infections

  • Sinus headaches

  • Nasal polyps

  • Conjunctivitis (eye irritation)

  • Muscle/joint pain

  • Skin rashes and eczema

  • Mental problems such as confusion, slow thinking, depression and forgetfulness

  • Respiratory effects including endless colds, chronic cough, recurrent bronchitis

Of course, there are many possible reasons for these symptoms. The only way to know if they are caused by allergies is to take an allergy test. We offer AllerVision's  pain-free skin test that provides answers in just 15-minutes.

Allergy Triggers

There are many items in the environment that could cause your allergies. They fall into four general categories:
  • Animal dander — from dogs, cats and cockroaches

  • Mold and mildew

  • Dust mites

  • Pollen — from trees, grass and weeds

Allergy Treatment Options

Avoidance

 Immunotherapy

Medication

This is always the first course of action...avoid things that make you allergic. This approach is not always practical or desirable. For instance, you may be able to remove offending plants from your home but pollen can travel up to 50 miles, so you are always vulnerable to trees, flowers and weeds from your neighborhood and city. Animals that cause allergies may be taken away but their dander can remain in a home for up to six months; if you visit a home with pets, their hair stays when they're not present. Additionally, even thorough efforts to clear your home of allergens can fall short against relentless household dust, cockroaches or hidden mold. Therefore, avoidance is a major challenge and it can significantly impact your quality of life (especially if you like the animals, trees and flowers that cause your allergies).

Immunotherapy is a natural allergy remedy. It's a process that desensitizes your body to allergens by introducing them to your body, via serum, in small doses. As treatment progresses, the amount of these allergens (also known as antigens) in the serum increases so your immune system learns to tolerate and then ignore them, making you a much happier person during allergy season!

There are two types of immunotherapy: shots and sublingual (under the tongue) drops. Both are effective.

The goal of virtually all prescription and over-the-counter allergy medications is to stop allergy symptoms temporarily. They do nothing to relieve the CAUSE of your allergies, which is why your misery returns every time you encounter allergens your body doesn't like.