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Allergist in New Braunfels, TX

Finding An Allergist in New Braunfels, Texas

A basic overview on finding and visiting an allergist in New Braunfels, Texas, including when to make an appointment, how to find the right physician, and what to expect.  

I Live in New Braunfels - My Allergies Are Terrible, Do I Visit a Nearby Allergy Doctor?

Did you know there are doctors who specialize in treating allergies?  Allergists are experts in diagnosing what causes your allergies and which treatments will offer you relief. 

But at what point do allergies require more than over-the-counter medicines?  When is it time to seek the guidance and care of an allergist? How do you find the right allergist for you?  And what can you expect from their help? How do I find a great allergy doctor in New Braunfels, Texas?

Many people can rely on antihistamines and decongestants to survive pollen and cedar season in New Braunfels or a sneeze-inducing visit with pets.  It’s when those symptoms get out of control that an allergist can come to the rescue.  

Do I Need To See An Allergy Doctor in New Braunfels?

What does it mean for your allergies to be out of control? 

  • First of all, your symptoms are so severe that you cannot function — interfering with your work, sleep, exercise, and general quality of life. 
  • Second, you’ve tried over-the-counter treatments.  
    • You’ve explored the range of available antihistamines and nasal steroids.  
    • You have tried combination antihistamine and decongestant kits.  
    • You have even improved your cleaning habits to limit allergen exposure.  
    • ...And none of these have offered you relief.  
  • Third, you don’t even know what’s causing your allergies, which makes you vulnerable to the constant triggering of symptoms.
  • Fourth, a preexisting condition like asthma could have symptoms that affect your breathing and pose life-threatening risks requiring immediate medical attention.

Any of these could be a good reason to make an appointment. 

What Should I Look For in a Local New Braunfels, TX Allergy Doctor?

As with seeking out any medical professional, you want to find the right allergist.  This means a physician who is reputable, well-qualified, and board-certified. It also likely means a doctor who accepts your insurance, and someone who is located in Braunfels, Texas.  And, last but not least, it should be someone who makes you feel comfortable.

 Tips to Identifying The Best Allergy Doctors in Braunfels, Texas

  • Board Certification in Allergy & Immunology

  • One good measure of a doctor’s competence is his or her specific training.  Look for a doctor who has board certification in Allergy & Immunology. Many family doctors treat allergies, but allergists have a higher level of expertise because they have received specialized training and focused exclusively on allergy patients in their practice.  Plus, an allergist has specific tools to diagnose you, as well as many treatment options in his or her office. By contrast, a general practitioner may not have the same resources.  

  • You can find board-certified allergists on professional organization websites like those of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. At these websites, you can search allergy doctors who are in New Braunfels or are nearby.

  • A Good Reputation

  • A good allergist has earned a good reputation.  Ask your general practitioner to recommend someone competent, as well as courteous and clear. They will also know someone who is local or not to far from New Braunfels. A big part of seeking medical treatment is making sure you understand what the doctor has to offer.  A courteous doctor will make sure you come away from the visit with a better understanding of your allergies. He or she will respect your concerns and answer your questions.
  • Be skeptical of websites that rate and review doctors.  They seldom offer a fully-accurate picture — good or bad.  This is especially true when the number of reviewers is low.  You can refer to these websites, but it’s often more reliable to get recommendations or referrals from people in your New Braunfels community that you already know and trust, like your doctor, colleagues, friends, and relatives. 

    Insurance Coverage

    Many insurance plans will cover a visit to your allergist, but confirm that your insurance plan will cover your specific visit. Contact your insurance provider for a directory of allergists in-network and who are accessible to you in New Braunfels.  Ask specifically which services are covered under your plan before you visit the allergist.

    Then, double-check when making the appointment that your allergist accepts your insurance and that you understand which services are covered.  A good and responsible allergist will respect your insurance coverage concerns, answer any questions, and engage in open communication to get you the best care available under your plan.

    It is never fun to deal with insurance companies, but it is far better to address these issues up front than to receive an unexpected bill afterwards. 

  • Experience and Keeping Up-To-Date 

    • Medicine is constantly improving, and good allergists keep up to date.  There are various indicators that suggest a doctor is someone who continues to learn and refresh his or her skills.  Start with a Google search that can warn you of any major red flags. If you want extra reassurance that an allergist is keeping up with cutting-edge medicine, expand your searches for any of the following characteristics:
      • Affiliations with research hospitals or teaching universities, most likely in New Braunfels or nearby
      • Published peer-reviewed articles in reputable medical journals 
      • Professional credibility and prestige (for example, awards and distinctions from esteemed organizations
      • At least 5 years of experience practicing medicine
      • Presence in the local New Braunfels news or nationally (...in a good way)

    What to Expect at The Allergy Doctor’s Office in New Braunfels, TX

    A visit to an allergist in New Braunfels may include a number of evaluations and conversations.  The specifics will depend on your particular issues. Your first visit might include some of these discussions or procedures: 
    • A conversation with your allergy doctor about your symptoms.  It can be helpful and productive to prepare beforehand. Jot down a list of when, where, and how your allergies manifest.   
    • A diagnostic “skin prick test” that involves a painless pin-prick, usually on your forearm.  This allows the allergist to determine which common allergens are causing your symptoms. An additional intradermal skin test (just under the skin) may also be required. 
    • Discussion of next-level treatment measures.  An allergist may decide to explain treatment options that exist, but are not available over-the-counter. Here are some treatment examples and what they do:
      • Avoidance measures to reduce symptoms 
      • Prescription medications like oral steroids can address certain symptoms that persist even if non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines do not help
      • Allergy shots are injections that, over time, can lessen your immune system’s allergy and asthma response.
      • Asthma inhalers are used to counter constricted airways to prevent wheezing or breathing difficulty. 

    These discussions should include both the advantages of and warnings about any particular treatment. 

    After the Allergist Visit

    Hopefully, your visit to the allergist will provide significant relief for any and all ongoing allergy symptoms.  In the best cases, you will come away with relief and better control over your allergies. 

    In certain cases, your allergist may refer you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT) to get an additional perspective on treatment options, which may sometimes include surgery.

    Importantly, research your treatment options one step at a time, and try not to feel overwhelmed.  There is plenty of help available out there, and you can be well-prepared to overcome even the most stubborn allergies with the right expert guidance.