Every patient reacts differently to asthma, allergies, and disorders of the immune system. From congestion caused by an allergic reaction to breathing difficulties associated with asthma or complications from immune system disorders, relief is here at UT Health Northeast. To make an appointment with our experts, please call our University Health Clinic at (903) 939-7870 or our Lindale Clinic at (903) 881-5799.
We provide patients with individualized care to treat symptoms associated with asthma, allergies, and immune system disorders. Our goal is to help our patients find relief by easing symptoms and preventing complications. We are committed to treatment that gives patients freedom to live more full and active lives.
Our dedication goes beyond our Lindale Clinic and University Health Clinic. The asthma specialists at UT Health oversee Texas Asthma Camp each summer and also provide asthma care on the go with the Breath of Life mobile asthma clinic. The Breath of Life travels to schools and organizations throughout Northeast Texas to provide care for children. To talk to someone about our mobile asthma clinic, call (903) 877-8925.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Seasonal, food, or drug allergies
- Allergic rhinitus or hay fever
- Insect allergies
- Severe allergic reactions
- Chronic cough
- Recurrent respiratory tract infections
- Atopic dermatitis or eczema
- Skin allergies
Allergy Skin TestingAllergy skin testing involves exposing skin to potential allergens and then measuring the reaction. The testing is done in the clinic and usually lasts about two hours. These tests help determine what may cause allergic reactions.
Hyposensitization (Allergy Shots)Hyposensitization, or allergy shots, is a way to decrease sensitivity to allergens, the substances that trigger allergies when patients are exposed to them. Patients receive allergy shots with increasing amounts of allergen over four to five years. The goal is to achieve long-lasting allergy relief after treatment is complete.
Rush Immunotherapy (Accelerated Immunotherapy)Rush immunotherapy, or accelerated immunotherapy, is a process that can speed up a patient’s tolerance to an allergen. Patients spend a day at the UT Health main campus and receive multiple injections. Rush immunotherapy allows patients to eliminate the build-up phase of allergy shots and reach a maintenance dose much more quickly. This typically results in a much faster reduction of allergy symptoms.
Sublingual Therapy (Allergy Drops)Sublingual immunotherapy, or allergy drops, desensitizes patients to their allergies through medication taken under the tongue in a liquid form rather than through an injection or shot, making allergy drops an excellent alternative for allergy sufferers young and old.
Allergy drops can be conveniently administered at home, which means fewer office visits. Although the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve sublingual therapy, allergy drops have repeatedly been shown in studies to be safe and effective, have been approved by the World Health Organization, and are widely used in Europe.
Specialties:Asthma, Allergy, & Immunology /
Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology
HealthConnection Episodes: Allergy Myths
Taking time to ask patients the right questions and carefully listening to their answers is necessary for excellent medical care, according to Dr. Buttram, a specialist in allergy, asthma, and immunology at our UT Health Northeast – Lindale Clinic. He is particularly interested in chronic cough, difficult-to-control asthma, and chronic hives, but appreciates the challenges of all aspects of allergy and immunology. He also enjoys the opportunity to see all ages of patients, which is somewhat unique to his subspecialty. Dr. Buttram believes that an effective treatment plan requires a partnership between patients and physicians.(903) 939-7870
Specialties:Asthma, Allergy, & Immunology /Family Medicine /
Julia Roberts is a family nurse practitioner caring for allergy/immunology and student patients at our University Health Clinic. With her caring nature, Ms. Roberts loves helping patients feel better and partnering with them to reach a better state of health. She gets to the art of healing by taking an individualized approach in treating the whole person. Ms. Roberts’ goal is to work with patients in learning how to maintain their health.(903) 939-7870
Specialties:Asthma, Allergy, & Immunology /Breath of Life Mobile /
Pediatrics, Allergy & Immunology
HealthConnection Episodes: Allergy Testing
Dr. Sharkey has a passion for treating kids with asthma. He wants to help them manage their illness well enough to stay out of the hospital and in school. He was the major force behind UT Health’s Breath of Life Mobile Asthma Clinic. Dr. Sharkey also specializes in treating children with allergies to pollen, dust, pet dander, and food.
Asthma Care in the Clinic and on the Road
Our asthma and allergy experts treat children and adults at two of our community clinics – Lindale Clinic and University Health Clinic. Properly diagnosing and treating children with asthma is one of our biggest goals, so we take our services on the road. Our Breath of Life mobile asthma clinic visits schools and organizations throughout Northeast Texas. Learn more about scheduling an appointment on the Breath of Life and see where we’ll be headed.
Who do I call about my medical needs between appointments?Our health care professionals work in small teams. Your physician’s office is your first contact for your medical needs. When you call with a medical concern, a health care professional will speak with you directly or consult with your physician and return your call.
When will I receive my lab and radiology results?Results for lab and radiology testing will be mailed within 14 working days of your lab or x-ray appointment. For any results needing immediate or urgent attention, you will be called as soon as your healthcare provider decides on your best plan of care.
How do I get my prescriptions refilled?Please call your pharmacy 5 working days before you take your last dose of medication. Always call the pharmacy before picking up your medication to ensure your prescription has been filled. Federal law strictly controls narcotic medications. If your physician is unavailable to refill your narcotic prescription, another of our clinic physicians will review your request. Please be aware that this review may increase the time taken for the refill and lessen the quantity of medication refilled.
I use a mail-in pharmacy service for my prescription refills, what is the process for refills?Mail-in prescriptions require additional time to process. Some mail-in pharmacy services require up to 10 working days to process refills. Please call the clinic at least three weeks before your last dose.
How long will it take my provider to complete medical forms?Please allow 10 working days for your provider to complete medical forms for such things as medical supplies and durable medical equipment. Provide the forms with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and we will mail the form to you when it is completed.
How do I get copies of records and tests?Please call our Medical Records department at (903) 877-5852. It typically takes about 10 working days to process your request.
Can I get my health information online?You can log in to myUTHealth, our secure online patient portal, to access your personal health and medical information.
Who do I inform if my address, phone number, or insurance changes?At the time of your appointment, you can notify the front desk personnel of any changes and we will update your information.
EMERGENCIESIf you have an emergency such as anaphylactic reaction (throat closing up, tongue swelling), sudden onset of severe chest pain, shortness of breath, severe bleeding, or loss of use of any extremity, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.
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