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Dr. Alex Martinez

Allergy
Austin, TX
male

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Austin, TX

Address

4201 Bee Cave Road , Suite B-200 , Austin, TX
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About

Bio

Dr. Alex Martinez has been in Austin since 1996 when he joined the medical practice of David W. Hines, MD. After Dr. Hines' passing, Dr. Martinez established Lake Austin Asthma Allergy Associates where he treats patient's allergic conditions.

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Allergy

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73 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Aspirin allergy: Allergic reactions to foods & medicines can develop "suddenly" without warning, even if the particular substance has been consumed before without any ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Yes w/Allergy shots: The approach to treat allergies is three-fold: avoid the offending allergen if possible (easiest for indoor allergens like pet dander); medications (l... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
For allergies: Antihistamines help the most with sneezing, watery drainage, and itching which are often seen with allergies. Older antihistamines (like benadryl) can... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Avg is 3 years: Allergy injections are steadily increased until a maintenance dose is reached and symptoms are better controlled. Once this level is reached, the time... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Allergic reactions: Hives & angioedema (deep tissue inflammation) are most often caused by things ingested (like foods & medicines), stinging insects, and latex allergy. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
They affect immunity: Corticosteroids in inhalers have been very helpful in reducing asthma flares. However, they can cause side effects, including thrush, a local yeast in... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Persistent asthma: Asthma is an inflammatory condition triggered by genetic & environmental factors. Once asthma is diagnosed, the severity is determined by how often it... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
For allergies: Allegra (fexofenadine) is an antihistamine approved in the treatment of seasonal allergies as well as hives. It is now available over-the-counter with... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Maybe: The paranasal sinuses are located above, beneath, between, and behind the eyes. Pressure or fluid within the sinuses could cause pain, and this could ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
No: Immunotherapy (allergy injections) is the process of gradually exposing an individual to the airborne allergens that affect them to reduce sensitivity... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Mainly structural: Both Nasonex (mometasone furoate) and Flonase (fluticasone propionate) are corticosteroids used to reduce inflammation in the nose. They differ mainly... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Systemic lupus: Sle stands for systemic lupus erythematosus. Sle is an autoimmune condition in which the body makes antibodies against different cells & tissues resul... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
IgG antibodies: Intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) is a collection of IgG antibodies pooled from the plasma of over 1000 blood donors. Extensive processing to remove o... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Within minutes: Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that involves multiple parts of the body (lungs, heart, skin, & gut). If you a... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Not really but...: Flonase (fluticasone) is a topical corticosteroid sprayed in the nose to reduce inflammation from allergies. The medicine is absorbed readily into tis... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Attacking "self": Autoantibodies are immune proteins that attack the "self". Normally the immune system is able to recognize the body's own tissues & disregard them, bu... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Close the airway: Hereditary angioedema is characterized by episodes of tissue swelling in the face, throat, limbs, and abdomen. In most cases, the swelling develops ov... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Control inflammation: Asthma is defined as inflammation in the airways; more asthma attacks means more inflammation. To decrease flareups, find out what triggers your asthm... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Rarely: Most reactions to airborne allergens, while uncomfortable and annoying, primarily affect your conjunctiva, the thin membrane that covers the white par... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
They affect cells: Corticosteroids function by first binding a receptor inside cells. Virtually all cells in the body have this receptor which controls development, meta... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
A few: Antihistamines have been around for many years & many that used to be prescription are now available over-the-counter. A few antihistamines are still ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Many triggers: Asthma starts with inflammation of the airways. That inflammation can be triggered by many exposures, such as allergies, infections, and weather chang... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Pool & stuffy noses: While pools are sometimes sources of allergens like molds & pollen (especially if outdoors), most nasal congestion following swimming is likely due to... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
0.3 mg epinephrine: Each Epipen (epinephrine) autoinjector delivers 0.3 mg of a 1:1000 Epinephrine (adrenaline) solution. An Epipen (epinephrine) jr delivers half (0.15 m... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Antibodies: People with a milk allergy develop antibodies to proteins in milk; every time they are exposed to those proteins (whether it's a little or a lot), the... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Location: Both allergies & asthma involve inflammation of the respiratory tree, but allergies tend to involve the upper parts while asthma affects the lower. T... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
To decrease immunity: Immunosuppresive agents are drugs that decrease immune function. While in most situations this would be undesirable, with certain conditions where the... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
High level allergy: When food allergies are evaluated by blood tests, the amount of allergic antibody (ige) against a particular food is quantified and a classification i... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Control inflammation: Asthma is an inflammatory condition caused by genetic & environmental factors. Avoiding allergens (dust mites, pet dander, mold) & irritants (smoke) c... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Store at 86 deg or <: The package insert for Flonase recommends that it be stored "between 4° and 30°c (39° and 86°f)." the medicine may break down faster if it gets warmer... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Sort of...: Lactose, also called "milk sugar" is the main carbohydrate found in milk. Even though it's a sugar & provides calories, its flavor is somewhat bland s... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Yes: Itchy red skin is classic for allergic rashes, and these can present as small bumps (papules); they can also present as hives (raised lesions), macule... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Itching: Both pink eye (a highly contagious infection most often caused by viruses) and allergy eyes can be red, have copious amounts of drainage, and be matte... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Yes & no: In some ways, your immune system gets "reprogrammed" every time we encounter a new germ by "learning" how to combat it so that it is eliminated better... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Yes but...: In most cases of itching caused by an allergy, some kind of rash (like hives) will be apparent. While allergies could cause itch only, other things sh... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Stuffy at work: Nasal congestion is due to engorged blood vessels in the nasal lining; it often occurs due to exposure to allergens, irritants, or cold temperatures. ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Constant mucus: Mucus is a thick fluid secreted by glands that helps protect areas of the body exposed to the environment. It filters away particles and organisms tha... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Swollen turbinates: Turbinates are shelf-like projections in the nose; like turbines, they move the air through the nose slower, allowing it to be moistened, warmed, and ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Allergy vs irritant: Allergic rhinitis is an allergic response to pollen, molds, & pet dander; this requires sensitization (prior exposure) and subsequent production of al... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Saline too drying?: Saline nasal sprays usually have a salt content equal to our body's tissues and can provide much needed moisture. However, if the lining of the nose i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
See a dermatologist: A persistent mark like you describe could be many things, including rosacea (a chronic inflammatory condition) to infection (such as a superficial fun... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Trees, grass, weeds: Pollen are fertilizing grains produced by plants for propagation. Some plants use the wind to help in pollination producing massive quantities of poll... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
They destroy tissues: Autoimmune disorders arise from an overactive immune system in which the body attacks its own tissues. The different types & the amount of destruction... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Burning in mouth: People that are allergic to airborne pollens often experience burning or itching in their mouth after eating a fruit or vegetable distantly related. T... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Yes: Post-nasal drip from viruses, allergies, and bacterial sinusitis can go down the back of the throat and cause frequent throat clearing, cough, bad bre... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Probably not...: Airborne allergies usually affect the more sensitive 'skin' inside eyes, nose, and airways. While a contact allergic reaction could explain your sympt... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Hard to answer...: Allergic reactions develop against large molecules such as proteins. Ethanol is a very small molecule and doesn't elicit an antibody response, so can'... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
No: Oral allergy syndrome refers to itching after eating foods distantly related to airborne allergens. For example, people allergic to birch tree pollen ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Not exactly: The ability to react to certain proteins in an allergic way is passed on from parents to their children, but a specific allergy is not. So if a mom is... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Yes see your doctor: A chronic cough that goes on for weeks usually has a cause. In most cases, it turns out to be post-nasal drip from allergies or sinusitis, reactive ai... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Martinez is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Martinez is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! i been in the same boat for a few months how fast should i see a doctor?
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This made me feel good. Thanks! It was good to hear some symptoms of asthma i could not describe.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you for your educated response

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS
Graduated 1991MD

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American Medical Association
American College of Physicians
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