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M. Jane Wray, MD, PhD
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Allergies and Asthma

Most Americans feel that they have allergies.  Although patients who believe they have allergies actually have prolonged colds, but allergies are very frequent in our society.  Microscopic pollens look like they could be very irritating with spikes and hooks sticking out.  They can be a problem even if the person is not having an allergic response to them.  It is important to know that the first line care of irritation and allergies is nasal washing with saline.  There are a number of products available for this from very cheap to very expensive.  You can discuss this with your pharmacist and then the medical provider can prescribe it.  Of course, insurance may not pay for it.

Allergies occur when the body's immune system detects foreign material that may be invading the system.  It responds with antibodies that produce leakage from the capillaries and release histamine.  Histamine causes swelling, itching, and discomfort in the nose, eyes and throat.  It may be so severe that the person is miserable during the day and cannot sleep well at night.  The mainstay of treatment is the use of anti-histamines.  These deactivate histamine and decrease the symptoms.  The most commonly used anti-histamine is Benadryl.  There are 2 problems with this medication:  1. It only lasts 4-6 hours, and 2.  It causes sleepiness.  While it is good at night, it can be a problem during the day.  Today we have 24 hour anti-histamines that do not produce drowsiness (Zyrtec, Allegra). 

When choosing an antihistamine it is best to avoid one that has ephedrine.  Anything that has phed or fed in the name has ephedrine.  The label says antihistamine and decongestant.  The decongestant is a phedrine that contracts the blood vessels and decreases the flow of fluid.  While it works well, it has a number of side effects including shakiness, increased heart rate, and hyperactivity.  It is especially dangerous for children. 

If you believe that your child has allergies, you can certainly start with Benadryl given in the correct dose.  Benadryl is ineffective for colds.  Remember that if your child has a sudden onset of runny nose and cough, it may be a simple cold which can last for 2 weeks.  The symptoms peak at 3 days and then slowly resolve. 
Next month, I will discuss Asthma 


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We are always honored to serve you and your family and friends.  There is a full range of services at our clinic including family practice, pediatrics, women's services, counselling, behavioral health, and dental services. 

Dr. Jane Wray is Board Certified in Pediatrics as well as Board Certified in Endocrinology.  She is presently practicing general pediatrics plus pediatric endocrinology and diabetes 1 day a week.  She has had 30 years of active experience in the health needs of children adolescents and young adults.  She is also the Chief Medical Officer for the 5 clinics in the Community Health Centers of South Central Texas.

Dr. Wray is married with 2 adult children.  She loves raising chickens, star gazing, and reading many different type of books.  

Luling Community Health Center
115 South Laurel
Luling, TX 78648
Phone: 830-875-6399

Fax: 830-875-6398

Family Health Center at Elgin
902 W 2nd St.
Elgin, TX 78621
Phone: 512 229 3334
Fax: 512 229 3336
Providers at this location:
  • M. Jane Wray, MD, PhD

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General Practice Info

Dr. Wray commonly treats:  Any General Pediatric Illness or Does Referrals 

  • Adrenal Gland problems
  • Thyroid Gland problems
  • Calcium-related problems
  • Hypoglycemia of hormonal origin
  • Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
  • High blood pressure of hormonal origin
  • Sex Hormones Production inadequacies
  • Pituitary Gland or Hypothalamus problems
  • Growth or Pubertal Development problems
  • Intersex problems of children and young adults
  • Hormone problems associated with syndromes such as Turner’s syndrome, Down’s syndrome, Noonan’s syndrome, or McCune Albright syndrome.

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Office Hours
Dr. Wray has clinic hours at Luling Community Health Center on Monday from 8-5.  Despite having 1 day, patients can be scheduled for an appointment within a week.  She is available 24 hours a day at 830-875-6399.

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Insurances Accepted
  • BCBS
  • United
  • Humana
  • Aetna
  • Great West
  • Superior (CHIP/Medicaid)
  • Medicaid (TMHP, Amerigroup, Everclear, PCCM)
  • PHCS insurances
  • Most other insurances, the clinic will not turn anyone away
  • Sliding scale available

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Hospital Affiliation

Dell Children's Hospital of Austin

Seton Family of Hospitals Austin


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