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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter

Allergy and Immunology
Dallas, TX
43 years experience female

Locations

Office

Dallas, TX

Address

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

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
424 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Itching and rash : This history is too vague to give any idea what is going on, but any rash that lasts for 2-3 months should be evaluated by a family doctor, internist,... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Allergy cough: Chronic coughing episodes can be very difficult to diagnose. About 90% of the time, they are due to asthma, postnatal drainage (allergies or infection... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Autoimmune disease: Unfortunately, you have a complex situation and something that is tricky to diagnose. It sounds like you have been to several doctors already. It sou... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Complement tests: The complement tests and c reactive protein test you mention are all nonspecific markers of inflammation. Many different conditions may cause elevatio... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Hypoallergenic pets: There are no hypoallergenic pets, Animals do vary as much as five hundred fold in some cases in the amount of allergen they produce, But the allergen... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Facial swelling: Levocetirizine helps only if the problem is allergies. April is a very high pollen time in AL. If itchy, think allergy. If sinus pain, yellow nasal se... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Allergy asthma meds: It sounds like you have severe allergies and some asthma . OTC sprays Nasacort and Flonase help nasal symptoms but take a few days to kick in . Singul... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Hives / Urticaria: It's impossible to diagnose a rash from a short description. Hives generally itch quite a bit, and they are raised like mosquito bites, so you can fee... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Breast milk &allergy: If the baby is definitely allergic to the seafood you wish to eat (meaning positive skin test and challenge, or recurrent reactions), I would advise t... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Meds for congestion : Antihistamines usually do not help congestion. A doctor would need to know how long you've been congested and whether you have a sore throat, clear or... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Sore throat from med: The prednisone is for asthma , but can increase your blood sugar and cause an increase in stomach acid, leading to reflux or gastritis. Both prednison... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Sprained ankle : Sprained ankles are amazingly painful! Ice, immobilizing and elevating the injured part can help. An OTC pain reliever like ibuprofen, naproxen, aceta... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Chemo side effects : Side effects of chemo include fatigue and headache, but when symptoms are severe, it's always important to contact your oncologist's office and at LEA... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Thyroid antibodies: No . Fasting is not necessary for thyroid tests of any kind. You only need to fast for tests affected by your blood glucose-related hormones, like you... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
AllegraD / warfarin : I can find no warnings in the epocrates database for either fexfenadine or pseudoephedrine, the two ingredients in Allegra (fexofenadine) d regarding ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Food allergy symptom: Any food can cause an allergy, and nuts like almonds cause allergies pretty often. Food allergy symptoms can affect many different organs and are uniq... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Chronic cough : A chronic cough with nasal symptoms and not feeling sick sounds like an allergic problem. Allergies are a chronic disease that often is annoying but ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Androgens: Male hormones, called androgens as a group and referred to as steroids by body builders, can help increase a person's muscle mass. Because they have b... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Imitrex (sumatriptan) & allergy ok: It's all right to take your allergy medication on the same day as your sumatriptan. There are no dangerous interactions warnings for antihistamines, l... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Iron lung=muscles: An iron lung is a device (negative pressure ventilator)you lie in up to your neck. Air is pumped in and out around you, so your lungs expand and contr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Weight loss anytime: Losing weight has nothing to do with what you eat, a recent study showed. If you follow a diet that lowers your consumption of calories, you will lose... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Caffeine & antihist: It's ok to take them together. Vistaril is a brand name for hydroxyzine, the parent antihistamine of cetirizine. Hydroxyzine is a sedating antihistami... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Blocked ears: Ear- blocking does sometimes occur as part of a person's allergy symptoms, because the eustachian tubes can swell when there is allergic inflammation.... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Sore throat pain med: It is important to treat strep throats with antibiotics, and complete the entire course prescribed. Once the antibiotic is started, the pain usually i... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Cortisone cream: You can use cool compresses or otc cortisone cream. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may work better than Claritin or Allegra for this type of itch. Which a... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Secondary sinusitis: If your illness started as an allergy and now you are sicker and have started having a sore throat and yellow discharge, you probably have a sinus inf... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Pre-op wheezing: Wheezing before surgery could cause a problem for your surgeon or anesthesiologist, so you should check with them. It depends on how soon your surgery... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
URI type Infection : It sounds like you have a bad cold or possibly an early case of the flu. If you have a high fever, you should see a doctor. If the headache is very se... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Nasal congestion: Go to an allergist to find out why you are stuffy. You could have allergies, chronic infection, structural issues or reflux as the initial cause, or e... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Eczema vs hives: It's impossible to guess what the itchy bumps could be without knowing where and when they occur. With eczema, there usually isn't a rash until you sc... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Wikipedia: Epocrates can be a bit difficult for a non-physician to navigate. You might want to start with wiki instead. This article has quite a bit of informati... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
nasalcrom, benadryl (diphenhydramine): Nasalcrom spray and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are also acceptable otc meds for this age. Children are much less often sedated by Benadryl (diphenhydr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Nausea, diarrhea: Doryx (doxycycline) is a slow-release form of doxycyline, which is a tetracycline-type antibiotic. This family of antibiotics has a lot of side effec... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Celiac genetics: Yes, celiac disease is inherited. Many people carry the genes for it, but not everyone who has the genes will have the symptoms. Other factors also go... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Dust mite allergy: Mites live mainly in cloth fiber areas, so in mattresses, rugs and upholstery. You can encase your mattress and pillow, aim for bare floors when you a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Sterile pustules: Fire ants cause the most distressing ant bites. They actually are stings, produced by the rear end of the insect, often in a circular pattern. There ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Peanuts & pregnancy: Yes, it's possible. The main factors determining your baby's risks are genetic. If you or baby's dad are peanut allergic, it's probably wise to avoid ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Allergy immunotherap: Allergy shots can often be stopped after 3-5 years with lasting benefits. The only way to find out is to try stopping and see how you do. You can alwa... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
It's not always easy: Either being out of shape or asthma can make you feel short of breath when you exercise. An allergist or pulmonologist can have you do a lung functio... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Chronic fatigue / CFS: The Chronic fatigue label can only be applied when other ills have been ruled out. It is a syndrome, meaning a set of symptoms, not a disease; meaning... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Keep a food diary: If you develop hives immediately after eating, you might have a food allergy. To test this idea, try writing down everything you ate before getting hi... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Tonsillitis: You are probably starting to get an infection in your tonsils. Viruses are the commonest cause, but bacteria can also cause it, and even yeast can. If... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Treatment not cure: Phototherapy will likely bring about improvement( it did in 81% of patients in one study), but when the treatments are stopped, the symptoms will grad... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Take meds when preg.: The risk to the baby of not taking your asthma medications while pregnant is generally considered to be higher than any risks to the baby caused by th... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Food allergy tests: If you are asking this question, you must have some reason for your anxiety. Some people avoid foods because of fear, and sometimes prior reactions ha... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, sjogren's syndrome, -these are some of the commoner ones.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Allergy vs celiac: A wheat allergy is the symptoms that occur when you make ige antibodies to wheat. Celiac disease is the symptoms that occur when your body makes IgA a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
ImmunoCap=blood test: Immunocap is the name of the blood test most frequently used to diagnose allergies by detecting specific ige antibodies. One major lab still uses diff... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Food allergies: Most of the time, an allergy stays the same, at least for a while. However, in about ten per cent of cases, the allergy will become more severe. Your ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Prevent allergic rxn: Don't count on it. That might work, but it could be very dangerous--fatal! you need tests to determine your allergies and if you want to challenge you... 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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