Allergy Doctors in West Haven, CT
At the West Haven clinic of the DOCS Allergy Treatment Center, our allergy doctors are committed to providing effective treatments for a wide range of allergies and immunology illnesses. From initial consultations and evaluations as well as diagnoses and examinations, to the design and development of personalized treatment plans, our team handles it all. To learn more about our team and our treatments, reach out to one of our allergists today.
At the West Haven location, we offer the best in care and treatment ranging from allergy testing and allergy shots, to desensitization or hypo-sensitization. To consult with one of our allergy physicians, contact our office today.
Allergies We Treat in West Haven, CT
Research revealed that 4-6% of children suffer from simple and complex food allergies, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these children find themselves faced with a life-threatening reaction called Anaphylaxis. This complex reaction causes the blood pressure to drop and impairs breathing, and requires immediate treatment. At the West Haven clinic one of our allergy doctors will administer an injection of epinephrine (adrenaline) to counteract the reactions of Anaphylaxis. For patients suffering from Anaphylaxis and other allergies as well, the team here in West Haven is the medical team for you.
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
Environmental allergies are becoming more and more common today and are treated here at our West Haven Clinic of the Allergy Treatment Center. Caused by trees, grass, weeds, mold or fungi, treatment for environmental allergies vary.Common environmental allergy symptom may include:
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
Another very common allergy treated here in West haven is that of pet allergies. Typically caused by proteins in the skin cells, saliva and/or urine of a pet, our team of allergists is on hand to provide treatments specific to your needs. Whether a dog, cat, or other household pet, we’ve got the treatment for you.
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 West Haven, CT
Allergen immunotherapy, or better known as Allergy Shots are a very effective, long-term form of treatment for allergies. They not only decrease your symptoms and sensitivity to allergens; they also prevent the development of other allergies over time. Allergy shots are administered by our allergy physicians here in West Haven to patients over the age of 5.
Allergy shots are very effective, but the overall effectiveness will depend primarily on the severity of the patient’s symptoms, the allergen dosage, the length of their treatment program, and the duration of the allergy season. Results will vary from patient to patient.
As part of your treatment plan you will be required to take part in a build-up phase, which usually lasts about 8 months. The actual duration of the phase is determined by how often you need injections and how well you tolerate them. Injections with increasing amounts of allergens are administered 3 or 4 times per week during this phase of treatment.
Once your allergy doctor has formulated your effective dose, and you have completed the build-up phase, you will then participate in the maintenance phase of your treatment. You will receive treatment twice a week with three-day breaks in between during this phase. The best treatment course for you, will be determined by your immunologist.
Decreased symptoms are noticed by many patients during the maintenance phase. If you notice minimized symptoms, then your maintenance plan will be extended 4 months. At the end of the 4 months, one of our allergists will perform a test to determine if you need additional injections. If you decide you do not want to further your treatment, you will need to talk to your allergist.
How Effective Are Allergy Shots?
Allergy Shots are one of the most popular and most effective treatment options provided here at the West Haven clinic. They minimize symptoms and prevent other allergies from developing over time. If patients do not see any improvement, however, with allergy shots, then your allergist will need to redesign your treatment plan.
The Care You Need, When You Need it in West Haven
At the West Haven clinic of the DOCS Allergy Treatment Center all our allergy physicians and immunologists are board-certified and are committed to making a difference in the health and lives of all our patients. To schedule your consultation, reach out to one of our immunologists today!