Every patient reacts differently to 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.
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.
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.
Jonathan W. Buttram, MD
Specialties: Allergy & Immunology /
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology
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. He is particularly interested in chronic cough, difficult-to-control asthma, and chronic hives. Dr. Buttram believes that an effective treatment plan requires a partnership between patients and physicians.Paul C. Sharkey Jr., MD
Specialties: Allergy & Immunology / Breath of Life Mobile /
Board Certifications: Pediatrics, Allergy & Immunology
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, a mobile asthma clinic. Dr. Sharkey also specializes in treating children with allergies to pollen, dust, pet dander, and food.
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