Allergy Center

Allergy Center
For many people, allergies aren’t just an annoyance: They're uncomfortable, draining, and sometimes miserable. To make matters worse, over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications can have negative side effects. At Victory Medical Center, the expert team of allergy specialists can customize a treatment plan to help you stop suffering and breathe more easily. With convenient offices in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls, Texas, find out what it feels like to be free from allergies, and book an appointment today.

Customized Treatment for Allergies.

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Welcome to Austin Allergy Center at Victory Medical Center.

   

 

Customized Allergy Treatments

If you currently use over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications, you know they can have uncomfortable side effects. Also, these short term medications don’t address the cause of your symptoms and often times act as a “band-aid” to your allergy ailment. Find out what Austin Allergy Center testing and customized allergy treatments can do to help you say goodbye to suffering from your allergies forever.

Every patient is different and will respond differently to allergens. It is for that reason that we will custom-formulate every dosage of allergy medication specifically for the individual patient.

Unlike over-the-counter and standard prescription medications that may ease symptoms but also have significant side effects, we identify specific causes for your disease and can treat you with custom medications.

Allergy Treatment That Outperforms Traditional
Allergy Medicine

Mass-produced over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and prescription allergy medications can ease symptoms, but the often have significant side effects. The good news is that there are now custom medications available that have been specifically designed to resolve your allergy relief.

Allergy Treatment That Can Last a Lifetime

Our medications are unique, custom formulated antigen therapies that can help desensitize you to many of the pollens, molds and other triggers that cause your symptoms and make you uncomfortable. This desensitization therapy can allow you to be around those allergens without the common allergic reactions and symptoms. With minimal continued maintenance usage, these medications may last you a lifetime.

POWERFUL RELIEF – Customized Treatment That Outperforms Traditional Allergy Medicine

Mass-produced over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription allergy medications can ease symptoms, but the often have significant side effects. The good news is that there are now custom medications available that have been specifically designed to resolve your allergy relief.

Our medications are unique, custom formulated antigen therapies that can help desensitize you to many of the pollens, molds and other triggers that cause your symptoms and make you uncomfortable. This desensitization therapy can allow you to be around those allergens without the common allergic reactions and symptoms. With minimal continued maintenance usage, these medications may last you a lifetime.

Skin Testing

Skin testing for allergies is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy symptoms. It is often performed by applying an extract of an allergen to your skin, scratching or pricking the skin to allow exposure and then evaluating the skin’s reaction. The procedure varies depending on what type of allergy skin test you are having.

This simple test will test you for the 75 most geographically specific allergens in your area including pollens, grass, trees, pet hair and dander, insect droppings, and dust mites, just to name a few.

If you’re having an allergy skin test, plan to spend about an hour for the entire appointment. For the scratch and intradermal skin tests, the allergen placement part of the test takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Then you will have to wait about 15 minutes to see how your skin reacts. Inform the health care provider who is going to perform your allergy skin test about all the medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs. Since allergy medicines, including over-the-counter antihistamines, stop allergic reactions, you should not take them for a few days before the test. Talk to your health care provider about discontinuing your allergy medicines prior to the test. You will be given a list of medicines to avoid before the test.

Immunotherapy

What is Allergy Immunotherapy?

Allergy Immunotherapy (shots) is one of the most popular treatments for allergies. Also known as “allergy shots,” allergy immunotherapy is administered to a patient in a series of injections. Our allergy specialists administer small doses of an allergen (a substance to which a patient is allergic) in order to develop tolerance to allergies. The process is closely related to traditional vaccines. Ultimately, an allergy patient can be desensitized through immunotherapy to annoying allergens through the development of protective antibodies that reduce the patient’s response to allergens. Over time, the patient’s reaction to common allergens can be greatly reduced.

What Types of Allergies Can Be Treated With Immunotherapy?

A wide range of allergies can be treated with immunotherapy. Common allergens in Austin that trigger the common symptoms of congestion, sneezing, and itching are typically plant-based pollens. Immunotherapy is generally regarded as a sound treatment for allergic reactions to pollen. In addition, immunotherapy can also treat allergic reactions to mold, dust mites, and animal dander.

What Is the Course of Treatment Like?

Immunotherapy injections began with a “build-up” phase and continue to a “maintenance” phase. In the build-up phase, small but gradually increasing doses of immunotherapy shots are administered between once and twice a week, until a “full” dose is reached. Once this point in treatment is reached, the maintenance phase begins. The dosage and frequency during the maintenance phase will differ for each patient (and why our expertise with customizing immunotherapy treatments is so invaluable). Generally, the maintenance phase will require injections every 2 to 4 weeks. The maintenance phase of treatment differs from patient to patient, but may last for a period of 3 to 5 years. The lasting effects of allergy immunotherapy can be seen 12 months or longer following the end of treatment.

Advantages of Allergy Immunotherapy

Allergy shots are widely regarded as a more effective treatment than medication, and one that can actually pull the progression of allergies. Medicines such as antihistamines simply cover the symptoms and can cause severe drowsiness. Allergy immunotherapy has almost zero recorded side effects of any kind. Your allergy immunotherapy treatment may even be covered by your insurance policy. If you have a question about your coverage simply call us and we will contact your insurance company for you.

Cluster Allergy Immunotherapy

What Is Cluster Allergy Immunotherapy?

Cluster allergy immunotherapy is a variation of standard allergy immunotherapy. Like standard immunotherapy, cluster therapy treats the body’s reaction to allergens rather than the symptoms.

The great difference with cluster allergy immunotherapy is the treatment schedule; the build-up phase to a treatment dose is much shorter than with standard therapy. With cluster immunotherapy (sometimes called “rush immunotherapy”) the patient is administered initial shots over a period of many hours to days. The cluster immunotherapy patient reaches a maintenance dose much faster and rush immunotherapy patients generally achieve the benefits of immunotherapy much more quickly.

The Cluster Immunotherapy Schedule

Cluster immunotherapy involves giving two or more series of allergy shots at each visit, usually spaced apart by 20 to 30 minutes or so. This procedure is performed once a week, and allows for a person to get to their maintenance dose much quicker usually within 16 weeks compared to 7-8 months with the traditional immunotherapy. While some studies have shown that cluster immunotherapy results in higher rates of allergic reactions than traditional schedules for allergy shots, other studies show no difference for rates of allergic reactions. We recommend medications, such as antihistamines, to minimize these reactions during cluster immunotherapy.

Cluster immunotherapy offers an alternative to traditional schedules for allergy shots, allowing a person to achieve higher doses of allergy shots much quicker, and therefore get benefit sooner. But there is more of a time commitment up front with cluster immunotherapy taking 1-2 hours for every visit initially. The traditional cluster schedule is one series of injections, waiting 20-30 minutes for 7-8 months before the monthly maintenance dose.

Sublingual Treatment

What Is Sublingual (Under the Tongue) Allergy Treatment?

Sublingual allergy treatment, or sublingual immunotherapy, is a method of allergy treatment whereby allergy medicine is given under the tongue. The process is similar to traditional immunotherapy whereby the body eventually develops resistance to allergens. Sublingual immunotherapy is growing in popularity and is the clear favorite among children because it doesn’t involve the use of needles or injections. Sublingual immunotherapy can be administered to children as young as 18 months of age. Contact us to see if you and your family qualify.

Sublingual Allergy Treatment Schedule

Sublingual allergy drops are administered several times per week. An advantage of sublingual allergy treatment is that it can be administered at home by any adult.

Advantages of Sublingual Allergy Treatment

Generally, this form of allergy treatment is less expensive than immunotherapy by injection for cash paying patients; however, sublingual allergy treatment is not covered by insurance. Another obvious advantage is that sublingual allergy treatment does not require injections which is a big bonus for children. There have been no reported serious or fatal reactions to sublingual allergy treatment.

  

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Allergy Center Locations

South Austin: Victory Medical Center

4303 Victory Drive
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512.462.DOCS (3627)

Cedar Park: Cedar Park Surgery Center

351 Cypress Creek Rd. #100
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Phone: 512.462.DOCS (3627)

Marble Falls: Mustang Plaza

503 Hwy 1431 Ste. 101
Marble Falls, TX 78654
Phone: 512.462.DOCS (3627)

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