We found 3 allergist/immunologists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Temple, TX.

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Dr. John Earl Dvoracek, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy, Allergy & Immunology
1605 South 31st Street
Temple, TX

Dr. John Dvoracek is an allergist/immunologist and allergist. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dvoracek accepts. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Dvoracek completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2013.

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Clinical interests: Allergies, Hives, Sinus Problems, Ear Problems, Skin Testing, Angioedema, Asthma

Dr. Mercedes Elizabeth Arroliga, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX

Dr. Mercedes Arroliga works as a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Temple, TX. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Arroliga is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She is a graduate of National Autonomous University of Nicaragua Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Bridgeport Hospital's residency program. Dr. Arroliga is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Clinical interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Hives, Skin Testing, Angioedema, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX

Dr. John Starr, who practices in Temple, TX, is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Starr takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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What is Allergy & Immunology?

A physician who specializes in allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system is called an allergist-immunologist or simply an allergist. Allergic reactions can cause a huge number of symptoms in the body, and allergy-immunology specialists treat a wide variety of problems, including:
  • Allergies affecting the respiratory tract, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever) or asthma.
  • Allergies affecting the skin, such as eczema, hives, welts, and allergic rashes.
  • Adverse reactions to substances such as foods, drugs and vaccines, or stinging insects.
  • Autoimmune diseases, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. Some examples are rheumatoid arthritis, where the immune system attacks the joints; celiac disease, where the lining of the small intestine is damaged; and Sjogren’s syndrome, where the glands producing tears and saliva are attacked.
  • Certain diseases of the immune system, such as antibody deficiencies, primary immunodeficiency disease, or in some cases, HIV.

During a visit to an allergist-immunologist, the physician may perform allergy testing to identify which substances are causing the allergic reactions. An important part of the care they provide is prevention education, where patients with allergies learn how to decrease their exposure to problematic substances and control their symptoms of allergic reaction. Allergists might prescribe medication, such as inhaled corticosteroids or beta agonists for asthma. They may also provide immunotherapy, where small amounts of the problem allergen are given via injection to the patient and the amount is increased slowly over time. The shots help the body get used to the allergen and train the immune system to react appropriately to it without causing problem symptoms.

Immune disorders can range from making patients uncomfortable to being life-threatening, and they are becoming more common. Allergy-Immunology is a quickly growing field.
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