Brazos Valley Allergy & Asthma Clinics

The most recommended allergist in College Station, and the Brazos Valley.

Common
Conditions Addressed

The Brazos Valley Allergy & Asthma Clinics have had the pleasure of serving hundreds of local doctors in nearly every specialty in providing allergy, asthma, chronic cough, and sinus care to their patients. The following are some of the conditions we treat:

Procedures Performed

Testing is briefly placed on the forearms (for older children and adults) or back (for younger children) with a small plastic device that applies a drop of the various allergens just under the outer layer of the skin. This is not a shot, and is well tolerated by patients of all ages (even infants). The test sites are measured after a fifteen minute wait.

Moreover, an allergy skin prick test identifies those who are allergic to as many as 50 different substances all at once. The test is commonly used to detect allergies to pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites, and foods. Also, it’s simple, safe, and inexpensive.
This test is performed by placing a small amount of allergen under the second layer of skin (similar to a tuberculosis skin test). This test is mainly used to test for specific allergies when the skin prick test fails to reveal a highly suspected allergy. It is not routinely performed.

Similarly, intradermal skin testing involves injecting a small amount of allergen into the skin. Afterward, the provider observes the reaction. This test is administered if you are allergic to bee venom or penicillin.
Patch testing involves applying patches that contain small amounts of various substances known to cause dermatitis. The patches are worn for two days. When they are removed, the sites are evaluated for any reactions. The sites are viewed again in one to two more days, to look for any delayed reactions.

In addition, patch tests are used to identify the underlying cause of allergic contact dermatitis. Patients can also undergo this test in order to determine whether their skin condition is caused or aggravated by a contact allergy. Patch tests differ from skin prick tests, which are used to diagnose hay fever allergy (house dust mites, grass pollens, and cat dander).
Spirometry is the most common of Pulmonary Function Tests used to assess how well your lungs work. This test measures how much air you inhale, how much air you exhale and how quickly you exhale. This test is used to help diagnose and monitor asthma and other conditions that affect breathing.

A spirometry test may be used periodically if you already have a chronic lung disorder to check how well your medications are working. Prior to a planned surgery, spirometry may be ordered to make sure your lungs are fit for the procedure. Occupational-related lung disorders can also be evaluated through spirometry.
If we believe that your risk of a severe food reaction is minor, we can do a food challenge. A food challenge test is the definitive way to disapprove a food allergy, or see if your child has outgrown a food allergy. Your child will be given small but increasing amounts of the food and monitored very closely for any reactions. Medications will be given as needed due to any adverse reaction.

The sole purpose of a food challenge is also to determine if someone can tolerate a certain food. During the challenge, you will gradually increase your food intake. The test is used by doctors to diagnose or rule out a real food allergy.
In order to address the immune system, a detailed medical history will be performed along with the physical exam. Blood tests will be ordered and reviewed. Possible vaccines may be administered in order to test the immune response.

On the other hand, the most common manifestations of immunodeficiency are an increased incidence or severity of infectious illness. Initial laboratory testing should be conducted in cases of suspected primary immunodeficiency diseases in a person. This testing involves an HIV test, measuring serum immunoglobulin and complement levels, and obtaining a complete blood count with a differential.

Treatments Performed

Medication Treatments
Allergists aren’t just about giving allergy shots. The first line therapy for many allergic and sinus conditions involves avoidance, or medication treatment, or both. Medications range from antihistamines, nasal steroid aerosols, antihistamine nasal aerosols, antibiotics, and inhaled asthma medications.

There is no cure for allergies, but there are several types of medications -- over-the-counter and prescription -- that can ease and treat irritating symptoms such as congestion and runny nose. Some of these allergy drugs include antihistamines, decongestants, combination drugs, and corticosteroids.
Allergen Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)
Immunotherapy is the process of injecting a person with the allergens to which he or she is allergic. We start with a concentration that is 1/1000 of the maintenance concentration. The dosage is increased with a very small volume until a full maintenance dose is reached. This take approximately 26 injections. Once the patient is at their maximum dose, they continue their shots once a week. Later injections may be spaced out at 2, 3 or 4 weeks depending on the evaluation and progress of the patient.

Cost-effective allergy shots are beneficial to allergy sufferers. They don’t also cause severe side effects. Allergy shots are guaranteed to be generally safe.
Venom Desensitization
This form of immunotherapy is used to treat severe bee or wasp sting allergies. The treatment is intended to reduce the allergic reactions of any later stings. These injections are given with increasing dosage for a period of time. When the maximum dosage is reached the injections are taken once a month to continue protection from further stings.

Immunotherapy or hyposensitization are alternative names for desensitization. The risks of another severe allergic reaction from insect stings can be reduced from 60% to about 5% when you receive immunotherapy.
Sublingual Tablet Immunotherapy
This product is only available for certain grass or ragweed allergies. It is a prescription medicine that can assist in the treatment of a runny, itchy, or congested nose or itchy, watery eyes. This medicine is taken about 12 weeks before the gras or ragweed pollen season begins . It can also be taken for several years.

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) tablet is a self-administered alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy that offers the benefits of AIT without the inconvenience or expense of frequent office visits or injections. Primary care clinicians may also use SLIT tablets.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops)
Sublingual immunotherapy or SLIT involves taking the allergy serum and placing two drops under the tongue daily. This can be done by the patient at home instead of coming to the clinic once a week for an injection. Currently, the few clinical trials done have shown it to be not as effective as injections. Additionally, most insurances consider it to be experimental and will not cover the costs associated with it.

By giving small doses of what a person is allergic to, immunotherapy is able to treat the cause of allergies and reduce allergic symptoms. It is safe for both children and adults. Patients can take the drops in the comfort of their own homes, instead of going to the doctor every week.
Xolair Treatment
Xolair is a monoclonal antibody treatment that helps decrease allergic response in the body. It is used to treat moderate to severe asthma or urticaria. The Xolair antibodies bind up the type IgE antibody your immune system made. IgE antibodies are involved in allergies and fighting parasites. Fortunately, parasites aren’t a big concern for most of us.

Subcutaneous XOLAIR® (omalizumab) is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe persistent asthma in people ages 6 and older whose symptoms aren't well controlled by inhaled corticosteroids. The FDA approves it only for the treatment of moderate to severe allergic asthma. A doctor may prescribe it for you to self-inject at home or outside of the clinic setting.

Why
Choose Us?

At Brazos Valley Allergy & Asthma Clinics and Dr. Paul Jantzi, an allergist in College Station, we strive to help our patients be as healthy as possible with respect to their allergies, asthma, and immune system. We achieve this by providing professional services in a personal way while trying to maintain affordability. Our clinics utilize both established methods and technological advances to identify and treat many different diseases. Through office visits as well as the use of educational resources, we allow our patients to learn more about their illness and take an active and responsible role in their own health care. In addition to providing the highest level of care for your allergy symptoms, our allergy doctors are also extensions of your primary care physician.

Brazos Valley Allergy & Asthma Clinics is located in the south central Texas region, and provides professional allergy, asthma, and immunology services to clients at numerous locations in the Brazos Valley region.

  • Board-certified in Allergy & Immunology
  • Custom Tailored Treatments
  • Professional, Friendly Staff
  • Six (6) Convenient Locations
  • Prompt Scheduling Available
  • Accepting Most Insurances
  • Portal/Electronic Access
  • Family Owned and Operated

Our Locations

6 Locations for Your Convenience

What Our Patients Say

  • I was very pleased with the level of service I received during my appointment with Dr. Jantzi. He took the necessary time to answer and address my questions/concerns, and he was thorough in his explanations. Dr. Jantzi’s staff was also courteous and informative, which was quite refreshing.
    Brenda H.
  • Dr. Jantzi is very thorough and knowledgeable which was extremely important in the care of my son who is also a Type 1 Diabetic. His staff has always been friendly and attentive. We have recommended him to several of our friends and family members.
    Candy L
  • A visit was cordial and professional. Everyone was friendly and helpful.
    Ronny G
  • I highly recommend Dr. Jantzi and his staff. The care I received was excellent and my treats have made me feel like a new person.
    Shay W.
  • I was thrilled and excited to find a doctor who was as intent in listening to my laments and offered more information and prescriptions to quickly alleviate my miseries. His assistant is also a marvel at relaxing you before your many shots.
    Mary Jo R.
  • Dr. Jantzi was very knowledgeable about allergy and asthma and it’s related symptoms and was able to quickly start me on an allergy shot program. Within 6-9 months my allergies had been greatly diminished and my asthma had almost completely vanished. Dr. Jantzi is also great about finding ways to save you money and find affordable medication.
    Melissa P
  • No problem with any visit. Very Professional.
    Cecil W.
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