Allergy Doctors in Bridgeport, CT
At the DOCS Urgent Care Center here in Bridgeport, our specialized team offers professional evaluations, diagnoses, and treatments of allergy and immunology illnesses. We understand that daily activities, including sleep, can be greatly affected by allergy symptoms.
With that said, at our Bridgeport clinic, treatment involves allergy testing, desensitization and/or hypo-sensitization for more severe symptoms. Contact one of our dedicated allergy physicians to schedule your appointment today.
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ALLERGY CARE CENTER – BRIDGEPORT
1677 E Main St
Bridgeport CT, 06608
WEEKDAYS : 8AM-8PM
SATURDAY : 8AM-5PM
SUNDAY : CLOSED
Allergies We Treat in Bridgeport, CT
It is estimated that 4-6% of children are affected by a food allergy, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Food allergies vary, with some quite simple and others more complex, such as Anaphylaxis, which is a life threatening allergic reaction. It impairs breathing, causes blood pressure to drop, and if not treated immediately with an injection of epinephrine (adrenaline) can be fatal. Here at our Bridgeport allergy center, our allergy doctors are on hand to prescribe epinephrine as needed along with other treatment options.
Mild Symptoms May Include:
- Hives (reddish, swollen, itchy areas on the skin)
- Eczema (persistent dry, itchy rash)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach Pain
- Slight, dry cough
- Odd taste in mouth
Severe Symptoms May Include:
- Obstructive swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Turning blue
- Drop in blood pressure (feeling faint, confused, weak or passing out)
- Chest pain
At our Allergy Treatment Center, we also treat all types of environmental allergies. Whether allergies from trees, grass, weeds, mold or fungi, our board-certified providers and immunologists here in our Bridgeport clinic treat them all.
Common environmental allergy symptoms may include:
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
Many people also suffer from pet allergies. Nearly 3 out of every 10 persons here in the US will encounter some type of allergic reaction, whether from a dog, cat or other household pet. Pet allergies typically stem from certain proteins that are found in the skin, saliva or urine of the animal.
Common symptoms for pet allergies:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Facial pain (from nasal congestion)
- Coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing
- Watery, red or itchy eyes
- Skin rash or hives
Treatment Options at Our Allergy Center in Bridgeport, CT
Another common treatment option is that of allergen immunotherapy or otherwise known as allergy shots. Shots are a long-term treatment for people who suffer from rhinitis, allergic asthma, or conjunctivitis (eye allergy.) This treatment is administered to those patients over the age of 5. Immunotherapy has many benefits, contributes to long lasting relief from symptoms and is very cost-effective.
Depending upon the dose of the allergen and the length of your treatment program, results will vary. Here at the Bridgeport center, our allergy physicians customize treatment plans based upon allergy season timelines and the severity of a patient’s symptoms.
The build-up phase involves administering injections with increased amounts of allergens 3 or 4 times per week. The phase treatment duration will depend on how often the injections are received and how well the shots are tolerated, but typically, run for about 8 months.
The effective dose level of a patient is determined by sensitivity to allergens and by the responsiveness to the build-up phase. The maintenance phase follows after having determined the effective dose level. Once you enter the maintenance phase, treatment schedules are then adjusted to twice per week, with 3 days between each treatment. The immunologists and allergy doctors here in the Bridgeport clinic will work right alongside of you and determine your best course of treatment.
Often times patients will note a decrease in symptoms during this important phase. Maintenance treatments last approximately 4 months and are followed up with an annual test to determine if, after the 4 months, additional injections are needed. If patients wish to terminate allergy shots, this must be discussed with the allergist or immunologist.
How Effective Are Allergy Shots?
Allergy shots can be quite effective simply because they decrease symptoms affiliated with many allergies and because they can also prevent the development of new allergies. If patients have not experienced some level of improvement after 4 months of therapy, the allergy team here in Bridgeport will redesign a new personalized treatment plan to suit your needs.
The Care You Need, When You Need it in Bridgeport
Here in Bridgeport at the DOCS Allergy Treatment Center our highly skilled and trained allergists and immunologists are committed to making a difference in the lives of all our patients. Our allergy doctors will work with our patients to ensure their allergies are taken care of. Contact one of our specialists to learn more about our treatments and to schedule your consultation today!