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arc often experienced severe pressure headaches and had for years. Over-the-counter medicines gave him little relief. His wife convinced him to go to Family Allergy Clinic of Garland. A procedure called “rush immunotherapy” eliminated the pressure headaches in one day. “I just didn’t want to be dependent on steroids and medicine forever,”Marc explained. He continued injections regularly, which was easy with the convenient hours offered at Family Allergy Clinic of Garland.

Millions of Americans suffer from some form of allergy, whether allergic rhinitis (allergic nose disease), asthma, pet allergy, food allergies or headaches. Over-the-counter drugs only mask the symptoms. At Family Allergy Clinic of Garland, Richard A. Page, M.D., can test you to find out the specific allergens that cause the allergy, and find the best way to attack your problem and find a cure.

KEEPING THE FAMILY COMFORTABLE
Most people are familiar with symptoms like post-nasal
drip, sneezing and stuffy, runny nose, but headaches and fatigue are also signs of allergies. A major cause of fatigue is severe nasal congestion which can cause sleep disturbances. During certain times of the year, you’ll notice you have less energy, difficulty with concentration or sleep, and that those allergy medicines from the store often make you even more drowsy. Wouldn’t you like to fix the problem once and for all?

Dr. Page will take a thorough history and perform a physical examination. Then, using one of several devices to test for allergies, he will identify the offending allergen. Once the problem has been identified, there are several options.

The first is avoidance, which means you stay away from what you are allergic to. This is nearly impossible with mold, dust mites, pollen, or even the family pet! A second option is medication. Patients with mild allergies usually respond well to antihistamines or nasal steroids, but these medicines are not potent enough for those who are severely allergic.

The third, and most effective option, is immunotherapy, or allergy shots. If you have the time and motivation, your insurance company will cover all or part of your treatment, which requires four to five years to complete.

The procedure called “rush immunotherapy” often allows one to reach a fully protective dose in one day, and then the patient continues weekly injections for several months at maintenance (protective doses). This can save nine months of weekly shots.

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