Allergy Doctors in East Haven, CT
At the DOCS Urgent Care Center here in East Haven, we offer a full lineup of professional evaluations, diagnoses, and treatments of allergy and immunology illnesses. Understanding full well, the impact allergy symptoms can have on daily activities including sleep, our team of doctors and physicians are steadfast in providing effective treatments.
Here at our East Haven clinic, treatments vary and may include allergy testing, desensitization and/or hypo-sensitization for more severe symptoms. Take time out today and contact one of our dedicated allergy providers to schedule your appointment.
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DOCS URGENT CARE – EAST HAVEN
317 Foxon Road
East Haven, CT 06513
WEEKDAYS : 8AM-8PM
WEEKENDS : 8AM-4PM
Allergies We Treat in East Haven, CT
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 4-6% of children are affected by a food allergy. Though some food allergies are simple, others can be quite complex, including 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. The allergy providers here at the East Haven allergy center prescribe epinephrine as needed along with other allergy 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 the Allergy Treatment Center here in East Haven, we also treat a variety of environmental allergies, including those caused by trees, grass, weeds, mold or fungi. Regardless of the source, our board-certified allergy doctors and immunologists are equipped to treat them all.
Common environmental allergy symptoms may include:
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
Pet allergies are a very common problem with nearly 3 out of every 10 persons here in the US encountering 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 your pet.
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 East Haven, CT
Allergen immunotherapy or otherwise known as allergy shots, is yet another treatment offered at our East Haven clinic. These shots are a long-term treatment for those suffering from rhinitis, allergic asthma, or conjunctivitis (eye allergy.) This treatment is administered to patients over the age of 5 and presents with many benefits including the simple fact that they contribute to long lasting symptom relief and are very cost-effective.
The results of allergy shots will vary depending upon the dose of the allergen and the length of your treatment program. Here at the East Haven center, we strive to develop effective personalized treatment plans that are based upon allergy season timelines and the severity of your symptoms.
The build-up phase, which includes administering injections with increased amounts of allergens 3 or 4 times per week, will typically last about 8 months, but is dependent on how often the injections are received and how well they are tolerated. Our allergy doctors and physicians will monitor the progress of our patients to ensure the build-up phase is successful.
Once an effective dose level of a patient is determined, the maintenance phase will begin. In the maintenance phase, treatment schedules are adjusted to twice per week, with 3 days between each treatment. The immunologists and allergy physicians here in the East Haven clinic work closely with you in determining the most effective treatment plan for you.
Patients often note a decrease in symptoms during this phase, which typically lasts approximately 4 months. It is then followed up with an annual test to determine if additional injections are further required. If a patient wants to terminate allergy shots, they must first discuss it with their allergist or immunologist.
How Effective Are Allergy Shots?
Allergy shots help to decrease symptoms affiliated with many allergies and can also prevent the development of new allergies. If you have not experienced some level of improvement after 4 months of therapy, however, the allergy providers here in East Haven will redesign a new personalized treatment plan to better suit your needs.
The Care You Need, When You Need it in East Haven
Here at the DOCS Allergy Treatment Center in East Haven our board-certified allergy doctors and immunologists are committed to improving the health of all our patients. Contact one of our friendly staff members to learn more about our treatments and to schedule your consultation today!