what are allergies?
Allergies occur when the body produces antibodies in response to a foreign substance, such as dust mites, pollen, dog hair, a bee sting, or certain foods. Even though the substance may not be harmful, the immune system inadvertently interprets it as an outside invader. This produces an inflammatory reaction, such as sneezing, watery eyes, asthma, hives, skin rashes, or anaphylaxis. Allergies can affect children and adults of all ages, and symptoms can vary from one person to another. Get allergy relief by contacting Cross Timbers ENT. We offer in-person and telehealth appointments at our locations in Arlington, Mansfield, and Midlothian, TX.
"Wonderful staff at Cross Timber’s ENT. I’ve had my hearing tested there and they were very thorough in helping me choose a hearing aid that fits my needs. I’ve also had immunotherapy to address my allergies. Jennifer has been very attentive to listening to my experiences with shots and symptoms, she always is flexible in working with me on scheduling my appointments and gets right back with me if I have questions or concerns. The front desk staff at both the Arlington and Mansfield offices are prompt, personable and professional."- K.J. / Facebook / Nov 05, 2020
"I have been with Dr. Leffingwell for 7-years years serious allergy problem. Before I ever saw Dr. LEFFINGWELL I always had runny noses, sneezing every day, add coffeeing up snot everyday. No allergy medicine over-the-counter ever worked at all for me. I was seeing the regular doctor every week. Then I got referred to Cross Timbers ENT, and Doctor Leffingwell cured me. He put me on medicine that got my allergies under control. Then he tried some surgeries, and I hope it works out well for me. If you have a serious allergy problem I would recommend you to see this doctor."- A.W. / Facebook / Apr 08, 2018
"I was referred to Dr. Luke Shellenberger and recently visited the Mansfield Cross Timbers location for issues with allergies and a sinus infection. It was the first time that I have ever been to a doctor's office where my name was called within 5 minutes of arrival. The staff was friendly and Dr. Shellenberger was very consultative. I thought I would just receive medication for my sinus infection but he took the time to discuss root causes and options for ongoing health. It was a great visit and I will be going back."- K.S. / Google / May 04, 2018
"After 2 months of seeing doctors, one after the other telling me that my hoarse voice was allergies, or maybe acid reflux. Getting multiple tests from thyroid ultrasounds, to intensive bloodwork and labs. I was at my lowest of lows, I had not been to work in two weeks because my voice was literally going away more and more everyday. I took it into my own hands and decided it was time to see an ENT. I saw Dr Shellenberger on Tuesday April 23rd. After finding that I had a VERY large cyst on my right vocal cord it was time for surgery. Deb was amazing at getting my surgery scheduled I kid you not two days later on the 25th. I was so nervous as this was an issue I had been dealing with for more than 4 months. I had literally no voice left and my only hope was Dr Shellenberger. Here I am one day after my throat surgery to remove the cyst. I could not be happier with the knowledge and care that I was given before, during, and after the surgery. I know this is just the beginning of the journey into getting my voice back but I was blessed to have such an amazing doctor and surgeon. Thank you Dr Shellenberger. I highly recommend Cross Timbers and especially Dr Shellenberger when it comes to this procedure."- J.L. / Google / May 04, 2019
"Dr. Shellenberger is, if anything, one of the best ENT doctors in the DFW metropolitan area. Google should not be allowed to showcase reviews of professions in a forum where concerned citizens seek honesty in regard to something so important as their and their family's health. Case in point: my wife overhears today a table of miscreants at a table at a restaurant in Uptown: "I burned the hell outta that doctor on Google ... he said he wouldn't give me my pain pills and I done sat in that office for 30 minutes waitin..." What a joke! Check healthgrades, ratemd, webmds or other sites dedicated to maintaining higher standards of professional reviews. DUH. Educated people know where to go for reliable reviews of dedicated pros. We wouldn't trust our own health to anyone other than Dr. Shellenberger when it comes to our Ears and Allergies!"- B.T. / Google / May 04, 2015
what are the causes and symptoms of Allergies?
Allergies can range in type, whether seasonal allergies (hay fever) or allergic reactions to pet hair, food, or environmental factors. While some people develop allergies in childhood, others begin to experience them later in life. For example, moving to a new region of the country can trigger seasonal or environmental allergies. Common symptoms of allergies include:
- Skin rash
- Itchy eyes
- Burning sensation on the skin
- Sore or inflamed throat
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Facial swelling
To help prevent allergies, avoid known triggers. Over-the-counter medication or prescription treatments may also help manage symptoms.
living with allergies
If you suffer from mild or severe allergies in North Texas, the professional team at Cross Timbers ENT can help. The first step is identifying the trigger through allergy testing in order to determine the correct method of treatment. Our practitioners provide allergy diagnosis and treatment at all of our North Texas locations. Learn more about allergy testing and allergy shots.