Allergies

Starling Clinic

Primary Care located in Plano, TX & Texarkana, TX

Did you know that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies? Left untreated, allergies can significantly impact your health and even threaten your life. Rabia Khan, MD, and the team at Starling Clinic in Plano and Texarkana, Texas, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of both asthma and allergies. To request your appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Allergies Q & A

What conditions do you treat at the asthma and allergy center?

The team focuses on three areas in particular:

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects more than 26 million Americans. The team at Starling Clinic can help pinpoint the source of your asthma and develop a treatment plan to ease your symptoms. Common causes of asthma include being overweight, having a family history of asthma, and smoking cigarettes. The symptoms of asthma include wheezing and coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. 

Allergies

Allergies cause your immune system to react to harmless substances as though they’re dangerous. This process triggers an allergic reaction, which can cause welts, trouble breathing, itching, watery eyes, or a runny nose. Some of the most common allergens include pollen, pet dander, and mold. The team offers allergy testing, skin and blood testing, and allergy immunotherapy.

Sinus infections

If you suffer from frequent or persistent sinus infections, an undiagnosed allergy may be to blame. The team can determine which allergies are causing your symptoms and develop a custom treatment plan to help you feel better. This might include decongestants, allergy shots, saline nasal spray, or corticosteroids. 

What causes allergic reactions?

Allergic reactions occur when your body’s immune system identifies a harmless substance such as dust mites, an insect sting, or a medication as potentially life-threatening. Medically, these triggers are known as “allergens.” Allergic reactions can occur anywhere in the body, but they typically affect your nose, eyes, throat, or skin. They can also affect your sinuses, the lining of your stomach, or your throat. 

When should I see an allergist?

If you or a loved one regularly experiences symptoms such as sneezing, congestion, or watery eyes, it’s important to seek the help of a professional allergist. Allergists, like the team at Starling Clinic, specialize in preventing and controlling the symptoms of allergies to improve your overall well-being and quality of life. 

What types of allergy and asthma testing do you offer?

At Starling Clinic, the team offers an array of allergy and asthma testing procedures, including:

Allergy skin and blood testing

During allergy blood testing, your provider draws a sample of blood and sends it to a laboratory for further testing. You receive the results a few days later. During allergy skin testing, your Starling Clinic provider places tiny amounts of allergens on your skin and watches for the symptoms of an allergic reaction. The results of skin testing are immediate, so you’ll know what’s causing your discomfort right away. 

Allergy patch testing

Allergy patch testing is one of the most effective and comprehensive methods of pinpointing allergens. If you regularly experience symptoms like itchy skin, redness, rashes, or eczema, your Starling Clinic provider might recommend allergy patch testing. Allergy patch testing provides delayed results, but you should have a better idea of your triggers within 48 hours of treatment. 

Food allergy testing

Food allergies affect patients of all ages and can occur at any time during your life. You might even eat a food your entire life, only to have it present an allergic reaction later on. Common symptoms of food allergies include hives, itching or tingling in your mouth, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, coughing and wheezing, or dizziness and lightheadedness. 

Allergy immunotherapy

If your allergies negatively interfere with your work or other day-to-day activities, your Starling Clinic provider might recommend allergy immunotherapy. During this type of treatment, the team exposes you to a particular allergen via an injection. These allergens teach your immune system to tolerate the substances, which minimizes your symptoms over time. Allergy immunotherapy is custom-tailored to your unique needs and symptoms. 

Don’t let allergies or asthma prevent you from living your best life. Call the office or click the online booking tool to make an appointment today.