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Category: Allergies

Allergy Testing: What Are You Allergic To? – Dr. Paul Sharkey

Foods, things in the workplace, things in the air, medicines — they can all cause our bodies to have a reaction that can range from bothersome to life-threatening. Knowing what things in your environment cause you to have an allergic reaction can help you live more comfortably and avoid more serious health complications. Allergy and immunology expert Dr. Paul Sharkey talks about the importance of allergy testing in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What happens physically to a person’s body when he or she is allergic to something? (first question)

How do you make the determination that someone needs allergy testing? (skip to 1:30)

What types of allergies do you typically test for? (skip to 2:33)

How do you do a skin test for allergies? (skip to 3:57)

During skin testing, what are you looking for in order to determine that a person has an allergy to something? (skip to 6:34)

What is the difference between a skin test and a blood test for identifying what a person is allergic to? (skip to 7:31)

Is there a difference in how you test for things like trees, grass, weeds, mold or pet dander and how you test for food allergies? (skip to 8:29)

How accurate is allergy testing? (skip to 9:52)

Are there risks associated with skin testing for allergies? (skip to 10:37)

Why is allergy testing important? (skip to 11:19)

At one time, allergies to foods such as peanuts were not all common. Now, peanut and other food allergies seem much more prevalent. Why is this so? (skip to 12:37)

Fall Allergy Season – Dr. Jonathan Buttram

For many, when the weather begins to cool from the heat of the summer, the suffering begins. Fall and winter allergies bring on itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing and general misery and particularly so for many in East Texas. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. Jonathan Buttram talks about preventing or at the very least coping with the discomfort of fall allergy season.

What are the most common things to which people will have an allergic reaction in fall and winter? (first question)

How does the weather affect fall allergies? (skip to 1:07)

Many allergic symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a common cold. How do you tell the difference? (skip to 1:37)

With ragweed, dust, mold and other allergens in the air, how do you tell what you are actually allergic to? (skip to 2:22)

Why, when allergens are in the air in great quantity, are some people apparently unaffected when others suffer terribly? (skip to 2:49)

Allergy shots take time to take effect and I need relief right now. What can I do? (skip to 3:31)

What is the difference between a decongestant and an antihistamine? (skip to 4:32)

Are there common sense preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the severity and impact of fall allergies? (skip to 5:07)

Are there alternatives to taking regular allergy shots? (skip to 6:20)

Should someone with allergy symptoms consider a board-certified allergy specialist as opposed to going to the family physician for allergy treatment? (skip to 7:14)


A Safe Alternative to Allergy Shots – Dr. Jonathan Buttram

Many of us got allergy shots as kids or take allergy shots as adults. Aside from the discomfort of getting a shot, there is also the inconvenience of having to visit a doctor’s office or clinic. There is now an alternative to taking allergy immuno-therapy by injection. The U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. Jonathan Buttram discusses a safe alternative to allergy shots in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What is sublingual therapy or allergy drops? (first question)

How are the drops administered? (skip to 0:36)

How does it work and is it safe? (skip to 0:48)

Are drops as effective as allergy shots? (skip to 1:23)

Do allergy drops work for everyone? (skip to 1:41)

Is the success rate for drops different that for treatment using shots? (skip to 2:00)

How long is the treatment using drops effective as compared to shots? (skip to 2:29)

What are the financial benefits to using drops as opposed to allergy shots? (skip to 2:59)

Is there a higher rate of patient compliance with treatment using drops as opposed to allergy shots? (skip to 3:37)

How can someone find out if he or she might be a candidate for allergy drops? (skip to 4:00)

Springtime Allergies – Dr. Paul Sharkey

Allergies in the spring are common in many areas of the United States but perhaps no more so than in East Texas. Dr. Paul Sharkey, a pulmonology physician and allergy treatment expert answers questions about treating and coping with seasonal allergies in East Texas.

When does allergy season begin in East Texas? (first question)

Where can we find out what pollens are in the air? (skip to 0:36)

What are the symptoms of springtime allergies? (skip to 0:59)

Is there anything that can be done to prepare for allergy season ahead of time? (skip to 1:19)

What medications are typically prescribed to treat seasonal allergies? (skip to 2:00)

Can allergies be managed with over-the-counter medications? (skip to 2:49)

Are nasal sprays addictive? (skip to 3:31)

Are antihistamines addictive as well? (skip to 4:45)

When does a prescription for allergy medication become necessary? (skip to 4:57)

Do I need allergy shots? (skip to 5:54)

What about sublingual medications – drops under the tongue – how do they work and are they as effective as allergy shots? (skip to 6:50)

Beyond medication, what can be done to manage allergies? (skip to 7:40)

What about home comfort measures such as nasal washes? (skip to 8:22)