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 /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.
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