ENT Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center
1725 Hickory Street, Abilene, TX 79601

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Allergy Services & Procedures

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We make every effort to ensure your comfort in our office.

Skin testing is the most accurate diagnostic test used by a trained allergist/immunologist. Allergy skin testing is a simple procedure that involves making tiny scratches with a small instrument that is similar to a plastic toothpick, on the skin of your forearms.

The skin is lightly scratched with a tiny amount of a common allergen.  If you are allergic to that particular allergen, then a small mosquito bite-like bump will appear.

Using this testing, an allergist can determine your specific allergy profile and determine an effective and personalized treatment plan for the substances to which you are allergic.

Allergy Shots
Also referred to as allergy injections or immunotherapy, allergy shots are in essence a series of injections to control allergy symptoms.  The injections do not contain a medication to control allergies, but are instead, a vaccine.

Allergy shots act to desensities allergy patients to their specific allergens.  They effectively decrease or ‘turn-off’ your body’s allergic reactions to the plant, tree, pet or mold allergens, but still allows your immune system to respond normally to other infectious agents.  

By gradually increasing the doseage, your body develops a tolerance to those particular allergens and using allergy shots, your allergy symptoms can be decreased, minimized or even eliminated.

Rush Immunotherapy
This treatment is used to rapidly desensitize a patient to their particular allergens.

Conventional treatment can take from 4 to 6 months of weekly injections to reach the point where maintenance dosing can begin.

With Rush immunotherapy, we can decrease the timeframe to 1-2 months using a series of 11 injections every 20 minutes.  This serves to accomplish what the first 4 months of conventional allergy shots would accomplish.

Penicillin Testing
Often patients believe they are allergic to penicillin and therefore believe they must use other broad-spectrum antibiotics.  This can lead to increased drug costs as well as  unnecessary use of more broad-spectrum antibiotics.  Overuse of these broad-spectrum antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance.  

Using developed testing, it has been demonstrated that approximately 85% of patients who believe themselves to be allergic to penicillin are negative upon testing which means they can safely take penicillin and its related drugs.

Penicillin testing involves a series of skin prick and intradermal testing using the penicillin reagents. If results of these tests is negative, we follow with an oral challenge to confirm that you are not allergic. This procedure is done in the office and takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete, including observation time.

Venom Immunotherapy is a highly effective program which can prevent future allergic reactions to insect stings. Venom Immunotherapy involves administering gradually increasing doses of venom to decrease a patient’s sensitivity to the venom. This treatment can reduce the patients risk of a experiencing a future allergic reaction to the risk level of the general population.

Local Anesthetic Skin Testing can be performed if the patient has a history of previous reactions to a medication such as lidocaine.  This procedure is done in the office and takes about 1.5 hours to complete.

Oral Food Challenges is a procedure  where a person takes a particular food or medication by mouth in order under an allergist’s observation in order to assure that no allergic reaction occurs.

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Patient Information
Office Hours

Normal Office Hours:
Monday – Tuesday 8:30-5:00
Wednesday Closed
Thursday – Friday 8:30-5:00
Closed Daily for Lunch from 12:00 – 1:00

Shot Hours:
Monday – Tuesday 8:30-11:30 and 1:30- 4:30
Wednesday NO SHOTS
Thursday – Friday 8:30 -11:30 and 1:30- 4:30

Future Office Closings:
01/24/22-01/27/22  – Closed
01/24/22 & 01/27/22 – Shots in AM Only
02/18/22  – Closed
04/15/22 (GOOD FRIDAY)  – Closed
04/21/22-04/22/22  – Closed
04/28/22-04/29/22  – Closed
05/30/22 (MEMORIAL DAY)  – Closed
06/23/22-06/27/22  – Closed
07/04/22 (INDEPENDENCE DAY)  – Closed

Please plan ahead for your allergy injections