Allergy & Rheumatology Specialists of Houston

Call Us: 713-790-0900

Allergy & Rheumatology Specialists of Houston (ARSH) offers state-of-the-art care encompassing a broad spectrum of immune system conditions.

 Dr. Julie Patel is dual trained and board certified in the subspecialties of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology.

 We don’t just treat allergies of the nose and sinuses, but offer a comprehensive allergy evaluation for conditions such as asthma, eczema, food allergies, urticaria (hives), and drug allergy.

We also care for patients with arthritis and autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis,  lupus, gout,  Sjogren’s syndrome,  vasculitis and dermatomyositis.

What We Do

 

Allergy Skin Testing    Skin testing for allergies is used to identify which the substances are causing your allergy symptoms. It is often performed by pricking the skin with an allergen and then checking for a skin reaction. We offer allergy skin testing for outdoor and indoor allergens, penicillin and other drugs, foods, and venom when indicated.

Allergy Immunotherapy (Allergy shots) Allergen immunotherapy injections or “allergy shots” are prescribed for patients with allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic asthma or life threatening reactions to insect stings. Allergy shots contain a standardardized amount substances you are allergic to. The allergy shot strength and volume are slowly increased over time to “reeducate” the immune system to become tolerant to that substance. Traditional allergy shots can take 3-5 years to permanentaly cure allergies.

Rapid Desensitization (Rush & Cluster Immunotherapy)  All desensitization procedures begin with a build-up or escalation phase, whereby the dose of allergen is steadily increased to achieve a target maintenance dose. Traditional allergen immunotherapy escalation schedules involve 20 weeks of weekly injections to achieve the maintenance dose. A cluster allergen immunotherapy protocol reduces the escalation phase by 50% (from 20 weeks to 10 weeks) by giving “clusters” of injections during the first 5 weeks of escalation therapy.

Drug Allergy Testing and Desensitization  Common drug allergies include reactions to penicillin, sulfa drugs, aspirin, anesthetic agents like lidocaine, and pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen. If you suspect you might have an allergy to one of these medications or would like to find out if you have “outgrown” an allergy, these tests might be helpful.

 

Ultrasound Guided Joint Injections Our physicians have an on-site ultrasound machine for joint injections. Ultrasound allows a physician to see inside the joint before and during an injection and ensures that the injection is given in a precise location.

 

Contact Us

 

Address:

12000 Richmond Avenue, Suite 175

Houston, TX 77082

Contact Information:

Tel: 713-790-0900

Fax: 713-790-0901

Business Hours:

Monday – Thursdays: 8:00am-4:00pm

Fridays: 8:00am-12 noon

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