The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler :: Center for Asthma, Allergy, & Lung Disease
- Sublingual Immunotherapy
- An alternative allergy therapy known as sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) is now available through the UT Health Science Center’s Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Clinic.
- Breath of Life Mobile
- A community-based program designed to provide comprehensive medical care for children with asthma at their schools.
Your Breath of Fresh Air
Our Commitment to You
We are committed to providing the best in asthma, allergy and immunology care for patients with allergic conditions, asthma, and immunodeficiency diseases. Our goal is to enhance the lives of our patients by improving the quality of everyday life, by providing the necessary self-management tools, and by reducing frequent hospitalization and emergency room visits.
The Asthma, Allergy & Immunology Clinic specialists provide each patient with a comprehensive diagnosis for sensitive reactions and diseases including:
- Seasonal, Food, or Drug Allergies
- Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
- Insect Allergies
- Severe Allergic Reactions
- Chronic Cough
- Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections
- Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema
- Skin Allergies
OUR TOOLSAllergy Skin Testing
Allergy skin testing, also known as a prick test, and intradermal testing are usually conducted in the clinic and last about two hours. These tests help us determine what allergies you might have. There is minor discomfort associated with the prick, or needle stick.
Hyposensitization (Allergy Shots)
Allergy shots are a form of treatment aimed at decreasing your sensitivity to allergens. These are the substances that trigger your allergy symptoms when you are exposed to them. Allergy shots with increasing amounts of an allergen are given over four to five years. The goal is to achieve long-lasting relief of allergy symptoms after treatment is stopped.
Rush, or accelerated immunotherapy, is a process that can speed up a patient’s tolerance to an allergen. Instead of a single allergy shot given once or twice a week, the patient spends a day at the University Health Clinic and receives multiple injections. Rush immunotherapy allows the patient to eliminate the buildup phase of allergy shots and reach a maintenance dose much more quickly, which typically results in a much faster reduction of allergy symptoms. If you are interested in learning more about rush immunotherapy, ask you University Health Clinic nurse or physician for more information.
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 – benefits that may outweigh out-of-pocket costs. Although the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve its use as a medical therapy, allergy drops are an approved treatment by the World Health Organization, are widely used in Europe, and have been shown repeatedly in research studies to be safe and effective.
On the Road to Healthy Living
Once a diagnosis has been made, our team will spend time educating you and your family about your condition. This will include a medical treatment plan, a home-care program, and educational materials so everyone in the family can play an active role. Our goal is to help you or your child take control of this chronic condition and live life to your fullest potential.
Our Location – Open to the PublicOur Asthma, Allergy & Immunology Clinic is located near the University of Texas campus in Tyler at 3310 Patriot Drive at the corner of University Boulevard and Patriot Drive.
To Schedule an AppointmentNew patient appointments may be scheduled by calling (903) 939-7870. Please notify our staff if your situation is urgent; we will make every effort to schedule your visit accordingly.
We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Texas Health Steps, Preventive Adolescent Visits, and most insurance.
SPECIAL PROGRAMSTexas Asthma Camp for Kids
Held each summer in June at Camp Tyler on beautiful Lake Tyler, the Texas Asthma Camp for Kids encourages independence for children with asthma by educating them about their disease and providing them with the tools needed for self-management. Call (903) 877-7075 for more information or visit www.texasasthmacamp.com.
Tune into the weather forecasts or your local Tyler television stations – KLTV, KETK, and KYTX – or check out the weather page in the Tyler Morning Telegraph for the daily pollen count provided by UT Health Northeast. It is also located on the home page of this Web site, at www.uthct.edu.