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Dr. Alex Martinez

Allergy
Austin, TX
male

Locations

Office

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

Doctor Q&A

73 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Maybe: Penicillins (like amoxil) & cephalosporins (like keflex) are both beta-lactam antibiotics named because of their ringed chemical structure. Allergy to... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
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Somewhat: Latex allergy is estimated to affect about 5-10% of the general population; the people most at risk of becoming sensitized to latex include patients r... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Days to weeks: Corticosteroids are made naturally in our bodies and are involved in the regulation of inflammation. Because of this, all cells in our bodies have rec... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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1-2 every 4-6 hrs: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine used in the treatment of allergies. It doesn't work long so it has to be taken often. The recommended d... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
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?immune deficiency: Igm is the first antibody made as infections begin; in the circulation, 5 antibodies are usually connected together and when activated, they do a part... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
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Yes: A certain degreet of exposure to a protein has to occur before an allergy to it develops. This is the case with latex allergy; it is found most common... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Fever, length: Hay fever (an allergic response to pollen) and flu (a viral infection) may have similar symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, congestion, headache, scratchy... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
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Inherited v acquired: Angioedema, a condition involving rapid swelling & accumulation of fluid in the skin & deeper tissues, is usually classified as hereditary (similar ep... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Decrease exposure: Pets can become part of our family, so it becomes difficult when we develop an allergy to them. The best way to avoid allergy problems is to decrease ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Not usually: Chest pain is often difficult to assess because there are so many structures found there, such as the heart, lungs, esophagus, muscle, and bones. Airb... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Better control: Treatment of airborne allergies involves a three-part process: avoid the allergen if possible; try medications; and allergy shots if all else fails. S... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Antihistamine: While lubricating drops help some, antihistamines drops do the most for eye allergy symptoms, including itching & watering. There are many over-the-co... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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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
A 31-year-old member asked:
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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
A 28-year-old member asked:
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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
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Fungal sinusitis: Sinusitis involves inflammation & infection of the sinuses. Most often bacteria are the cause but occasionally mold & fungi can grow inside. This is m... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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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
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Allergy & Hives: Urticaria, or hives, are caused by release of histamine in the skin; this leads to itching and a raised rash. Histamine is also released in allergic r... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
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Scabs in nose: Scabs occur as the body tries to heal from an intense inflammatory response. While these are sometimes seen with allergies, they may be more common du... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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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
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but deve... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Stage of infection: Hiv attaches to proteins on the outside of t cells to gain entry; once inside, it takes over the inner workings and starts making more viruses. T cell... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
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Within 1-2 hrs: Claritin (loratadine) is well-absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and its effect is often felt within 1-2 hours. Claritin is metabolized in the l... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
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One day: Claritin (loratadine) 10 mg pill is dosed once daily. That's because it's effect will last about 24 hours, after that it's antihistamine effect wanes.... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Probably not: Because asthma has a genetic component to it, in most cases you can't get "rid" of or "outgrow" asthma, you can only control it. Remember, asthma is i... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Probably not...: Immunoglobulins (antibodies) are proteins used by the immune system to identify and eliminate unknown cells (like germs). They are found in body fluid... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Fine metals: Most fine metals used in expensive jewelry (like pure gold, platinum, & titanium) do not cause contact allergies. The metals most likely involved are ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Probably minimal: Patients who are allergic to foods or insect stings should carry self-injectable Epinephrine (such as epipen (epinephrine)) to treat severe reactions.... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
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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
A 33-year-old member asked:
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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
A 41-year-old member asked:
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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
A 38-year-old member asked:
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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
A 46-year-old member asked:
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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
A 41-year-old member asked:
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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
A 34-year-old member asked:
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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
A 39-year-old member asked:
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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
A 40-year-old member asked:
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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
A 36-year-old member asked:
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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
A 28-year-old member asked:
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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
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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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
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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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
A 45-year-old member asked:
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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
A 44-year-old member asked:
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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
A 37-year-old member asked:
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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
A 25-year-old member asked:
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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
A 42-year-old member asked:
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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
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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Martinez
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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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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

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Medical Association
American College of Physicians
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