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Allergies Specialist

Atkins Expert Sinus Care -  - Sinus Specialist

Atkins Expert Sinus Care

Sinus Specialists located in San Antonio, TX

A runny nose, watery eyes, and other symptoms of allergies can make everyday tasks feel daunting. If you experience seasonal or other allergies, you don’t have to live with discomfort. At Atkins Expert Sinus Care in San Antonio, Texas, board-certified otolaryngologist James Atkins, MD, and his team offer a wide array of allergy treatments to reduce symptoms and give you a better quality of life. Schedule an appointment by phone or online for allergy symptom relief today.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s response to allergens, substances that can cause unpleasant symptoms. Common allergens that can lead to congestion or other sinus problems include pollen, pet dander, mold, dust mites, and some medications.

Risk factors for developing allergies include young age, personal or family history of allergies, and a history of asthma. Allergy testing and treatment with the Atkins Expert Sinus Care team offers allergy relief to help you breathe easier and reduce your risk of serious complications.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Some common allergy symptoms include:

  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Facial or skin swelling 
  • Hives or a rash
  • Itching skin
  • Coughing 
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause you to go into shock. Allergen avoidance and allergy treatment reduce your risk of experiencing anaphylaxis. 

How does my provider diagnose allergies?

To diagnose allergies and develop a personalized treatment, Dr. Atkins asks about your symptoms and medical history. He and his team might recommend you undergo blood tests, patch testing, or skin prick tests to determine what you’re allergic to.

What are my allergy treatment options?

Based on the type and severity of your allergies, lifestyle, and preferences, your allergy treatment might include one of the following:

Allergen avoidance

Avoiding certain allergens, if possible, is a good way to prevent symptoms associated with allergies.


Taking oral medications or using nasal sprays can reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with allergen exposure. Dr. Atkins lets you know which medicines, if any, are right for you. Examples include nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, and antileukotrienes. 


During immunotherapy, you expose your body to tiny amounts of allergens to help it slowly build tolerance over time. Dr. Atkins might recommend you try sublingual allergy drops or receive allergy shots to reduce symptoms associated with allergies.

Emergency epinephrine

Emergency epinephrine, available as an injection, can help prevent life-threatening allergic reactions. 

Don’t live with allergies and their symptoms when simple treatments can offer you relief at Atkins Expert Sinus Care. Schedule an appointment over the phone or schedule online today.