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By Texas Regional Asthma & Allergy Center
August 08, 2019
Category: Allergies
Tags: Allergies  

Allergies can make you miserable, and unfortunately, they are all too common. If you are suffering from annoying and allergy uncomfortable symptoms, then it’s time to take action. With two convenient office locations in Fort Worth and Southlake, TX, the doctors here at Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center can help you feel better fast—read on to learn how!

More about Allergies

When you are exposed to an irritant, your body may react badly to it, including with bouts of sneezing/coughing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, or a rash. The irritants that cause these responses are called allergens.

Grasses, pollens, and plants are all very common springtime allergies, but allergies can also happen throughout the year. Other common allergens include pet dander, dust, mold, and chemicals. You may also experience allergies to foods like dairy or seafood.

Fortunately, there are many effective ways to treat allergies, and the first step in treatment involves diagnosing exactly what you are allergic to. Your doctor may recommend a variety of tests including:

  • Skin tests, which involve injecting small amounts of allergens just under the skin and watching for a positive reaction like a rash, redness, or swelling
  • Challenge tests, which involve inhaling or ingesting a small amount of food or medication and waiting for a positive reaction
  • Blood tests, which involve sending a small amount of your blood to a laboratory where it is tested against several allergens

Once a diagnosis is made and you know what you are allergic to, you will want to avoid those substances—however, this isn’t always possible. To further fortify yourself against allergy symptoms, there are several effective treatments that your doctor may recommend, such as allergy injections and sublingual drop therapy.

Contact Us

You don’t have to suffer with allergies when relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about allergy testing and treatment, call the doctors at Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas. Dial (817) 421-0770 today to schedule an appointment.

By Texas Regional Asthma & Allergy Center
January 15, 2019
Category: Asthma
Tags: Healthcare  

Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are respiratory conditions that reduce airflow in and of the lungs. While they often exhibit similar symptoms, asthma and COPD are different, and patients require different management for optimal functioning. Physicians at Woodridge Clinic see many patients with asthma and COPD and teach that consistent at-home use of medications and proactive therapies to help individuals reduce symptoms and feel better.

Asthma Management

Because asthma is largely the lungs' inflammatory response to exercise, cold weather, allergens, and stress, controlling these factors is key to good pulmonary function. Common asthma medications include inhaled or nebulized bronchodilators for sudden symptoms of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, and daily inhaled corticosteroids reduce swelling of lung tissues and promote easier excursion of air.

Southlake & Keller Clinic physicians encourage asthmatics to be consistent with their medications and to:

  • engage in aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, and biking to open airways, increase lung function and fight depression
  • build endurance with weight training
  • avoid known allergens
  • use whole house air filters
  • stay indoors on days of increased air pollution
  • keep a diary of symptoms
  • monitor lung function at home with a Peak Flow Meter
  • keep their physicians informed of changes in symptoms

COPD Management

The lung damage from COPD is irreversible. However, proper management slows its progression and allows patients to live longer and better with their disease. Of course, doctors at Southlake & Keller Clinics advise their COPD patients to stop smoking as smoking, in addition to environmental factors such as air pollution, is directly related to the incidence of COPD. While it is the third leading cause of preventable death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of COPD such as coughing, wheezing, chronic bronchitis, increased mucous production and exercise intolerance are treatable.

Common treatments for COPD include:

  • use of bronchodilators, beta-blockers and corticosteroids
  • pulmonary rehab which includes supervised aerobic exercise, breathing strategies and nutritional and medication counseling
  • use of supplemental oxygen
  • ways to conserve energy
  • smoking cessation
  • avoidance of lung irritants such as outdoor pollution, pet dander, household chemicals and fragrances

The National Lung, Heart and Blood Institute states that consistent treatment, especially pulmonary rehabilitation, greatly improves the quality of life for COPD patients.

Lung Patients Have Options

Individuals dealing with asthma or COPD should not live in isolation. The professional team at Southlake & Keller Clinics encourages patients to be proactive about their conditions and to communicate with their health care providers regularly. Contact our Southlake (817)-421-0770 or Keller (817)-421-0770 Clinic locations for an appointment.

For more information on Asthma and COPD Management, call Texas Reginal Asthma & Allergy Center in Southlake or Keller, TX at (817)-421-0770!





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Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center

Southlake Office

900 E Southlake Blvd
Ste 300
Southlake, TX 76092-6376
Ph: (817) 421-0770
Fax: (817) 421-4759

Fort Worth/Keller Office 

4312 Heritage Trace Pkwy
Ste 708
Fort Worth, TX 76244
Ph:(817) 421-0770
Fax:(817) 562-5008