General Allergies

Allergy and asthma are among the most common health problems, with more than 50 million Americans afflicted with asthma, seasonal hay fever, or other allergy-related conditions each year.

Some allergies, such as a mild case of hay fever, may not require any treatment or may be controlled with the occasional use of over-the-counter medications.

Others may interfere with your day-to-day activities, lower your quality of life, or even become life-threatening. In these cases, you should see a physician to help you manage allergies and their symptoms. 

UT Southwestern Medical Center provides expert care and effective treatments for all types of allergies, including allergic rhinitis. Our Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists also treat conditions such as chronic sinusitis, which may be related to having a deviated septum or other physical obstruction such as nasal polyps.

Treating Symptoms

Our program helps patients reduce and even eliminate their troublesome symptoms such as coughing, headache, itching eyes, nose, and throat, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, teary eyes, and wheezing. After a comprehensive evaluation, our specialists discuss with patients the treatments available that will address their allergic reactions.

In addition to counseling patients about how they may be able to reduce their exposure to allergens through lifestyle changes, our specialists prescribe beneficial medications such as short-acting and long-acting antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, decongestants, eye drops, and other drugs.

Insect Allergies

For children and adults with serious allergies to insect stings (including fire ants), UT Southwestern provides venom immunotherapy shots to reduce the chance of a life-threatening reaction to a future sting. 

Research has found that children and adults who have had severe allergic reactions to insect stings and who were given venom allergy shots were dramatically less likely to suffer life-threatening reactions when stung again, even if the sting occurred after completion of the therapy.

In some cases, physicians must administer challenges with fire ants to determine the optimal length of therapy. Our allergy specialists perform this procedure.