Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter

Allergy and Immunology
Dallas, TX
44 years experience female

Locations

Office

Dallas, TX

Address

Allergy and Asthma Preston Center, 6114 Sherry Lane, Dallas, TX
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About

Bio

A board-certified allergist/immunologist, Dr. Baxter graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. She then trained in Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where she is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Allergy and Immunology Division. After participating in research on penicillin allergy and anaphylaxis, she opened her private practice in North Dallas in 1985. An enthusiastic medical volunteer, Dr Baxter founded a free clinic, the Agape Medical Clinic of Grace United Methodist Church, in 1983. She serves as its Medical Director currently. She also serves on the board of Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic. Dr Baxter is married and has 3 grown children. Her hobbies include singing in church choir, cycling, playing handbells, piano, and swimming.

Specialties
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Allergy and Immunology

Licenses

United States: Texas

Doctor Q&A

415 Answers
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Penicillin and cipro (ciprofloxacin): No . Penicillin is a beta-lactam antibiotic and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone. They are in two separate families and do not cross react. ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Yellow mucus: Most often, yellow mucus is a sign of infection and clear mucus signals allergy. There are always exceptions to rules, so sometimes clear mucus is pre... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Food allergy symptom: Food allergies can produce a very wide variety of symptoms. They can cause mouth itching or swelling, tongue or throat swelling, esophageal reflux-typ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Egg allergy: You are probably allergic if your reaction includes itching. Emotions can play tricks on you, and you could get nauseated if really nervous about eati... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Child skin test : The allergies of children change much more rapidly than those of adults. There is no hard and fast rule about when to repeat skin testing in any pati... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Tinnitus: Possibly, but no probably. Tinnitus is usually a sign of hearing loss. But sometimes it occurs with allergies causing the ears to be blocked.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Itchy peeling finger: Itching can often be a sign of an allergic reaction, and peeling is often found in contact dermatitis reactions, but to really diagnose your itchy pee... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Allergy test: Pollen allergy can be suspected on clinical grounds if you get itchy eyes and nose, runny nose, congestion and sneezing when outdoors in certain seaso... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Wheat allergy: If you mean you received a class i grade on an allergy blood test, probably not. Most significant food allergies have a class iii or higher grade. The... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Fibromyalgia symptom: Symptoms of fibromyalgia (is that your q?)=painful muscles, joints, tendons, soft tissues. Allergy symp: itching, sneezing, congestion, coughing, whe... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Milk allergy: In milk allergy, the doctor is able to find antibodies to milk proteins. In milk intolerance, a cause for the symptoms is not obvious. Milk intoleranc... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
NSAID allergy: Voltaren (diclofenac) is a member of the group of anti-inflammatory medications called non-steroidals. Some patients with reactions to these react to... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Deer mouse diseases: Allergies make you itch but do not usually cause back pain, shoulder pain or headache. I'm not sure what you mean by saying your lung itches. The deer... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Chronic cough: The three commonest causes for a chronic cough are asthma, nasal/sinus conditions and gastroesophageal reflux. Thick secretions might be causing the c... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Controllers 4 asthma: Albuterol is a rescue medication and is good for treating the symptoms of asthma, but any time you need it more than twice a week, or any time you are... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Post nasal drainage: Consider seeing an allergist or ENT or having a ct scan. Fatigue with drainage might be due to allergies or chronic low-grade infection. Also conside... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Herpes type 2 test: If the test detected the antibody, it's highly likely you are infected with the virus. The false positive rate for the test might not be zero, however... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Decongestants: Oral Pseudoephedrine is the most effective pill, but oral phenylephrine is the most available, because you do not have to have a driver's license hand... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Stimulant medication: Both dayquil and Claritin (loratadine) d contain stimulants, so it would be duplication to take them together. The phenylephrine in dayquil is weaker ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Staph versus bed bug: Bed bug bites are red bumps, but they don't usually have pus in them. They look more like a hive or mosquito bite than an infected boil. When pus is p... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
HIV and saliva risk : HIV is thought not to be transmitted by saliva . If your friend had bleeding, his blood could pose a risk, but your canker sores would not be expected... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
How Flonase Works: Flonase is an anti-inflammatory nasal spray. The steroid it contains can decrease swelling of the mucosal membranes of the nose that cover the turbina... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Meds for itchy rash: Regular antihistamine comes first for itchy rash. Loratadine is the weakest, barely effective. Zyrtec and Allegra are stronger and so are chlortrimeto... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Cetirizine & alcohol: http://www.drugs.com/food-interactions/cetirizine.html It's always best not to drink alcohol. It is a drug that we do not need in our bodies, and th... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Turbinate reduction: It sounds like you have had a number of infections and someone says you have a large turbinate. Nasal steroid sprays can help decrease swollen turbina... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Hypocapnia: When you have active asthma, you breathe more rapidly and deeply to make up for low oxygen. In a healthy person, this WILL cause the CO2 to go down . ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Am I pregnant ?: if I understand you correctly, you had protected sex may 15 and your period came june 3-8, with continued spotting june 8-16. If these are the dates, ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Allergic Esophagitis: Irritants are not allergens, so you could be talking about cigarette smoke causing esophagitis, which it does, in smokers. Or you could be wondering a... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Sinus infection meds: Levofloxacin and methylprednisolone together are usually effective for sinus infections. Often Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is tried first... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Hives / urticaria: It sounds like maybe you only received a single dose of those drugs, maybe for a migraine. If you only received those medications once ten days ago, i... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Food allergy tests: If you never had anaphylaxis and you have been eating the positive foods regularly, the risk is low. You should not stop eating the foods. If it's a f... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Runny nose meds: If the runny nose is from infection, antihistamines don't help and should not be taken. They slow improvement and resolution of infections. If the run... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Interstitial lung dz: Yes. You should see a pulmonologist regularly for this condition. They will help you remain aware of any new or existing medications that may help yo... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Allergy progression: No one really knows why allergies sometimes get worse with time and often get better over time. Clearly, they can and do change. In order to have an a... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Angioedema: Neither do i.... There are so many possible reasons this could happen, a doctor would need to take a detailed history of your symptoms to decide how b... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Blocked ears: Sometimes we can't find a cause for this problem; we have two aerosol nasal sprays that can be tried.The aerosols often get back through the nasal pas... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Celiac disease: I presume your doctor has diagnosed you with celiac disease. This occurs in people with certain genes and it is not technically an allergy, because th... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Antihistamine 4 itch: Antihistamines (ah) block histamine receptors and stop histamine from causing itching and swelling. They are mainly used to treat allergies and hives.... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Virus vs side effect: Time will tell. Infection, side effect or menopause; but most likely would be viral infection. Chills would be an unusual side effect for Claritin (l... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Allergy itch: You did right to give him an antihistamine. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) should work well for the type of itching he has. Itchy eyes suggest an allergy ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Allergic reaction: Palmar and plantar itching (palms and soles) usually signifies an allergic reaction, but flank pain generally means a kidney problem like an infection... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Night sweats: Night sweats mean you had a fever and it's now coming down. It's the way your body throws off heat. A bad sinus infection can make you run a fever, al... Read More
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Pain relievers: Interesting question. The other medications used for pain besides ultram are mostly nsaids and narcotics. Nsaids are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory d... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Fire ant allergy: Yes , you are probably allergic to fire ants if you swell and itch locally when stung. You should have a sterile pustule at the site of each sting. Th... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Low gamma globulin: By itself, a slightly low level of one igg subclass is a very nonspecific finding. A very low level would be worrisome, but really, what is needed is ... Read More
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Steroid side effects: Actually, some people have to take steroids lifelong. Prednisolone is a hormone in the cortisone family, and cortisone is required for life. If the ad... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Ignore: 4 pillars of eczema care: moisturize, take antihistamine, use RX creams, find /treat allergic cause.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Nuts are different: Peanuts and hazelnuts are not the same. Peanuts are a legume and hazelnuts are tree nuts. If you are allergic to one, you will not necessarily be all... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Achilles tendinitis: Many serious side effects can occur with levofloxacin; epiocates lists 25 and 2 have black box warnings, meaning they are particularly worrisome. Afte... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
IgM and IgA: Low levels of IgA and IgM may mean that you have an immune deficiency. If they are only slightly low and your igg is normal and you are able to respo... Read More
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Jul 17, 2013
excellent answers and an excellent doctor
Dec 22, 2015
Highly recommend
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Baxter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for the kindness and no-nonsense answer! The headache is more of a throbbing/dull pain goes away on its own after a short while on standing-- possibly could be dehydration. Thank you!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I never finish allergy shots to be effective, abmnd yes i do have asthma, just came from the er i have bronchitis too prednisone and levaquin..
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Thanks for your quick reply! On Prilosec and take singulair. Hoping to get answes soon.Thank you for such a quick response.My pulm doctor wants to rule out bronchiectasi

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
Graduated 1979MD

Awards

Outstanding Teacher Award, 2004-5, UT Southwestern Allergy Division
American Lung Association Dinner Chair award 1998, 1999
East Dallas Weed and Seed 2004 Community Heart and Soul Award

Affiliations

American College of Physicians
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
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