According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans experience different types of allergies each year. Allergies are actually the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States — and due to rising global temperatures, many of the most common causes of allergies affect more people (and for longer periods) every year.
While there are no cures for allergies, they can often be effectively managed by treatments and avoidance strategies. But without the care received from a trusted specialist, the allergy symptoms can range from debilitating to downright dangerous. Experience the difference in quality care with our allergy treatments in Houston, Texas.
What are the most common allergens?
Our allergy specialists in Houston have proven expertise in diagnosing and treating mild to moderate and severe allergies triggered by:
Seasonal allergies are usually caused by outdoor pollens during different seasons. Some examples of Houston seasonal allergens can include:
- Trees (Oak, Pecan Tree, Cedar, Ash, etc.)
- Grasses (Bahia, Bermuda, Rye, Timothy, etc.)
- Weeds (Ragweed, Marsh Elder, Thistle, etc)
Learn more about all the seasonal allergies below
Perennial allergies are triggered year-round by common allergens indoors such as
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
What Are Common Allergy Symptoms?
Patients with environmental allergies tend to have:
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy rash
- Dark circles under eyes
A more severe type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis—commonly triggered by certain foods, insect stings, or drugs—can cause:
- Whole-body rash
- Shortness of breath
- Throat swelling
- Loss of Smell
Allergy Treatment Options in Houston, TX
There are numerous allergy treatment options available in Houston, Texas. At Allergy and ENT Associates, we formulate an easy-to-follow personal treatment plan based on your allergies. The treatment depends on the type of allergies you have: food, peanut, environmental, and stinging insect allergies. Our expert allergy providers strive to offer long-lasting solutions for your allergies so that you can focus on living a healthy and happy life. Based on the allergy type you have, our team will develop a custom plan that may include oral sublingual allergy drops, allergy shots, medications, or other procedures to improve coexisting complications of allergies like sinus disease, snoring, or sleep apnea. Our allergists make it very easy for you to find allergy treatment options in Houston, Texas.
What Are the Best Allergy Treatments?
Environmental Allergy Treatments: The allergy treatment plan can be formulated with combined strategies of avoidance, medications, and either allergy shots or allergy drops.
Stinging Insect Treatments: Venom allergy shot has been found to be a safe and an effective treatment for patients who have had a systemic (whole-body) allergic reaction.
Food Allergy Treatments: Current treatment includes strict avoidance and administration of allergy medications (antihistamine and Epinephrine) to use as needed during anaphylactic reactions.
Peanut Allergy Treatment: Palforzia is a new FDA-approved treatment for people who are allergic to peanuts. Palforzia or oral peanut allergy desensitization can help reduce the severity of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis that may occur with accidental exposure to peanut. Oral peanut allergy treatment may be started in patients aged 4 through 17 years old.
Advanced Allergy Solutions
Our providers select therapies based on specific clinical history and testing results of the patient. They may recommend home oral allergy drops (SLIT), allergy injections (shots or SCIT) and or medication. There are three buildup schedules for the injections. Rush (1 day), Cluster (4–6 weeks) or Traditional (4–6 months) build up. The goal of the injection therapy is a monthly maintenance dose. The allergy injections are administered in our offices as a walk-in without the need for appointments during the allergy injection hours. For more information on injection hours, click here.
Cluster and Rush Immunotherapy: This is an advanced allergy injection build-up schedule. Multiple doses of allergen immunotherapy are administered in the office, requiring fewer visits to reach the maintenance dose. With these rapid schedules, you can complete the build-up in one day and in less than 8 weeks.
Please ask the staff on our allergy health care team for more information on these advanced schedules.
“Dr. Kancherla and team are wonderful! My daughter’s quality of life has improved so much since coming here. We highly recommend them for all your allergy and asthma needs!”
– Robin Mercado
You Should See Our Allergy Doctors if You:
Suffer chronically from nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, snoring, sleep apnea, or chronic sinus infections
Are not helped by over the counter (OTC) allergy medications or experience adverse side effects from those medications
Are having to take OTC allergy medications chronically (more than 6 weeks a year) especially nasal steroids (Flonase, Nasocort, Rhinocort, Nasonex) that can lead to serious side effects including cataracts, perforation of your nasal septum, and stunted growth if used too long
Have difficulty with day-to-day function, chronic fatigue, and tiredness due to the allergy or asthma symptoms
Experience warning signs of severe asthma, such as struggling to catch their breath, chronic or frequent chest tightness, or wheezing and coughing
Are not receiving adequate results from previously prescribed asthma medication
Have chronic or recurrent sinus infections, snoring, or sleep apnea
Contact our allergy specialists to learn more about our personalized allergy treatment options throughout Houston, Texas.