Allergy Treatment Center in Bethel, CT
DOCS Urgent Care of Bethel can offer you a professional evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy and immunologic illnesses. Allergy symptoms can interfere with your day-to-day activities as well as sleep. Seeking the help of an allergist is the key to treating your allergies.
At our Bethel location, you receive allergy testing, desensitization or hypo-sensitization for severe symptoms in our allergy treatment center. Schedule an appointment with one of our allergists today.
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DOCS URGENT CARE – BETHEL
6 Stony Hill Rd.
Bethel, CT 06801
WEEKDAYS : 9AM-6PM
WEEKENDS : 8AM-4PM
Treatment Options at Our Allergy Center in Bethel, CT
Allergen immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, is a form of long-term treatment that decreases symptoms for many people with allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, conjunctivitis (eye allergy.) Both children over 5 years old and adults can benefit from immunotherapy. Allergy shots decrease sensitivity to allergens and often leads to lasting relief of allergy symptoms even after treatment is stopped. This makes it a cost-effective, beneficial treatment approach for many people.
The effectiveness of allergy shots is related to the length of the treatment program as well as the dose of the allergen. When working alongside one of our Bethel allergist you should also consider the length of the allergy season and severity of your symptoms.
This involves receiving injections with increasing amounts of the allergens between 3-4 times per week. The length of this phase depends upon how often the injections are received, generally around 8 months depending on how often you get your shots and how well you tolerate them.
This begins once the effective dose is reached. The effective maintenance dose depends on how sensitive you are to the allergen as well as your response to the build-up phase. During the maintenance phase, there will be longer periods of time between treatments, 2 times per week, each 3 days apart from one another. Your Bethel allergist or immunologist will decide what range is best for you.
You may notice a decrease in symptoms during this phase. If allergy shots are successful, maintenance treatment is generally continued for 4 months followed by an annual retest to determine if injections are required moving forward for an additional year. Any decision to stop allergy shots should be discussed with your allergist / immunologist.
How Effective Are Allergy Shots?
Allergy Shots have been shown to decrease symptoms to many different allergies such as the ones we treat at our Bethel location. They can also prevent the development of new allergies. If you have not seen improvement after 4 months of therapy, your Bethel allergist or immunologist will work with you to create a new treatment plan.
Allergies We Treat in Bethel, CT
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 4-6% of children will be affected by a food allergy. The most severe allergic reaction to food is anaphylaxis. This is a life-threatening allergic reaction that impairs breathing and causes a drop in blood pressure. If not treated immediately, the reaction can be fatal, but with an injection of epinephrine (adrenaline) prescribed by one of our allergists it can be treated. Not all food reactions are as serious, but they can range from mild to severe depending on the symptoms experienced.
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 in bethel, we can provide you with testing and treatments for environmental allergies. These type of allergies occur in relation to trees, grass, weeds, mold or fungi.
Common environmental allergy symptom may include:
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
One of the most common allergies in the United States is pet allergies. 3 out of 10 people will have an allergic reaction to a cat or dog, and they are often linked to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, saliva or urine.
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
The Care You Need, When You Need it in Bethel
DOCS Urgent Care’s team of board-certified allergists and immunologists have the required training and expertise to offer you and your family relief from allergy symptoms. Schedule an appointment today!