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.
"I originally started with Cross Timbers for my husband’s tonsils and allergies. Then again for my daughters tongue tie. All of these were done with Dr. Luke Shellenberger he’s absolutely PHENOMENAL! (at the Mansfield office.) In talking with the staff I found out they have a 🗣 MEDSPA at the midlothian office! The ball has not been dropped on ANY level with this practice. At the Midlothian office the receptionist Angela is on her A game ALWAYS! Dr. L is a hoot and a fantastic dr! I went in there originally for Botox. I had Becky and Rebecca in there assisting him (both nurses and fun personalities) which was VERY nice and comforting. Most medspas do NOT have nurses, some places they’re not even MA’s which is ridiculous. After Botox I started doing other things to help with my face because I didn’t want fillers, so they gave me some other options. His Medspa “guru” (as I like to call her) is nurse Rebecca. She is so informative through the whole process and aftercare. EXCELLENT bedside manner. So far I’ve done Opus (which is plasma), Clearlift, and Harmony. I haven’t been disappointed with any of these results. Below is a (creepy) picture of me with my very first treatment results. I’m making the face so you can see where the Botox worked SO well on my forehead. We are working on wrinkles, lightening my freckles/age spots, and tightening. I can’t wait to see what the end results are! We have currently started working on my HORRIBLE scars on my arms from getting Brachioplasty. They also run specials every month which I’ve taken full advantage of!! :) The only thing I wish was different would be a separate entrance for MedSpa only but, to my knowledge this part of the practice is still growing so hopefully I’ll see it in the future!"- K.W. / Google / Apr 09, 2022
"After almost 3 years of my son being on allergy medication I decided to search for a Specialist and found Cross Timbers ENT. Dr. Cho is the doctor to has help my son and was able to figure out immediately that my son has zero allergies and the thing that has been causing all those allergy type symptoms are his adenoids. We agreed go having surgery, Marsha has been assisting us with the surgery process, scheduling and finances which was done in more then a timely manner, its only been one month since we visit Dr. Cho and we are already on our way to surgery next week. Everyone in the office has made my son feel safe and comfortable. Great Doctors, Awesome staff and definitely recommend this facility!!!!"- Y.A. / Google / May 06, 2022
"Dr. Shellenberger & Jennifer Taylor were incredible with explaining things to me. Jennifer tested me for allergies & thoroughly explained results & what can be done to relieve the reactions I have from allergens. All of the staff are always friendly, helpful & pleasant. I am so happy I found Dr. Shellenberger & his staff!"- S.L. / Google / Aug 18, 2022
"I’ve been coming here since I needed my tonsils removed in 2020. From start to finish Dr. Cho and her staff were top notch and listened 100% of the time. I now am being seen for allergies and had a skin test to see what bothers my allergies. Once they found that out I come in for immunotherapy regularly and will continue to do so for a few years to hopefully breath better in the long run! Everyone has always been pleasant each time I’ve had an encounter and timely in their responses! Plus I love the reminder system, helps a busy body like me stay accountable."- M.S. / Google / Oct 05, 2022
"We searched for a place where my son could see what was going on with his allergies and what to do next. From the beginning they have all been awesome. They keep it real and make you feel at home and comfortable. We were able to see what he was allergic to and he's on a program to help get his allergies under control. Could not be more happy. You won't be disappointed."- T.C. / Google / Dec 17, 2022
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.
Can an allergy or allergies ever be cured?
No, allergies cannot be cured, only managed. There are medications to ease the symptoms of allergies, but limiting your exposure to allergens and allergy triggers in your environment is an important part of allergy management.
What does hypoallergenic mean for allergies?
The term "hypoallergenic" relies on the root word "hypo" meaning less than. This means that a product is much less likely to cause an allergic reaction — typically soaps, deodorants, makeup, lotions, etc.
How many people suffer from allergies?
In the U.S., as many as 20% of people (about 40 — 50 million) suffer from some type of allergy.
What are the most dangerous allergies?
The most dangerous allergies include food allergies to peanuts and other nuts or seeds, fish and shellfish, wheat, dairy, and eggs. Other dangerous allergy triggers include certain medications (penicillin), insect stings (bees), and latex.
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.