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We found 4 allergist/immunologists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Temple, TX.

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

Dr. John Dvoracek works as an allergist/immunologist and allergist in Temple, TX. He 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 Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Dvoracek completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Dvoracek has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2013. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric allergy & immunology. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending National Autonomous University of Nicaragua Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Arroliga speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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

Dr. John Caleb Starr, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. John Starr specializes in adult allergy & immunology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Starr takes. Dr. Starr obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). His distinctions include: Chairman, Department of Medicine, Scott & White, Temple, TX; Chief Resident, University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, VA, 1971-1972; and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Starr is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Specializes in Adult Allergy, Allergy & Immunology
2027 S. 61st Street; #108
Temple, TX
 

Dr. William Long practices allergy & immunology and adult allergy in Temple, TX and Belton, TX. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Long attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with King's Daughters Hospital.

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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.