Allergy Testing & Treatment in Bridgeport, CT
DOCS Urgent Care of Bridgeport is your go-to urgent care facility for allergy treatments and allergy shots pertaining to common ailments such as poison ivy. Our Bridgeport location is staffed with our friendly, patient allergists who want to assist you in anyway they can. You can either schedule an appointment for an upcoming date or take advantage of our wait-free, walk-in appointments any day of the week!
Our board-certified physicians and trained staff will ensure that you only receive the highest-quality care for the most affordable prices in the area. We always let our patients know that they are our main priority and we care for their wellbeing. We also conveniently accept all insurances.
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DOCS URGENT CARE – BRIDGEPORT
1677 E Main St
Bridgeport CT, 06608
WEEKDAYS : 8AM-8PM
WEEKENDS : 8AM-4PM
What to Know About Allergy Shots & Treatment
WHat Are Allergy Shots?
Allergy shots given by an allergist are injections given at regular intervals over the course of three to five years depending on the season and type of allergy. Because allergy shots are given on a regular basis, they will help to reduce or prevent future allergy attacks. More commonly known as, immunotherapy, this treatment functions similarly to vaccines.
Each individual allergy shot will have a small portion of the allergen, enough to help you build up your immune system but not enough to cause an allergic reaction. Through repetitive intake, the allergen dosages will slowly increase, helping your immune system build up a better tolerance. The allergists at our Bridgeport Urgent Care will carefully examine your current allergy systems and create a personal treatment plan targeting your allergens and level of reaction.
What Type of Allergens Can Immunotherapy Treat?
Our immunotherapy services at our Bridgeport clinic can help appropriately treat the most common allergens. These include:
Indoor allergens – Normally experienced by those with year-round allergy symptoms that can be heightened by indoor allergens like mold, dust mites, cockroaches and pet dander.
Insect allergens –Allergic reactions caused by stings and bites from wasps, hornets, bees or yellow jackets.
Seasonal allergies – Allergy symptoms (also called ‘hay fever’) that happen during certain times of the year. Normally prevalent during spring and summer and triggered by trees, weeds and grasses.
Higher Risk Individuals Include :
- Children 5 years and younger
- Adults 65 years and older
- Pregnant women or women up to 2 weeks postpartum
- Individuals living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
Who Should Get Allergy Shots?
Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are recommended for those experiencing allergy symptoms and prescribed by a professional allergist. Those who can benefit from treatments include:
*Individuals with medications that are not effectively controlling their allergic reactions.
*People seeking long-term relief from allergies without the use of allergy medications.
*Those with allergies related to insect stings.
*Patients with medications that are conflicting or counteracting with their current allergy medication.
Looking for more assistance with your current allergies? Let one of our professional allergists in Bridgeport recommend the perfect treatment plan for you.
Poison Ivy and Rashes
Poison ivy rashes are first and foremost caused by touching or coming into contact with an oily resin known as urushiol. This oil sits on the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. It can even be transferred from a pet who has come in contact with the plant. You are more likely to have a poison ivy rash if you are constantly exposed to the plant.
Symptoms Of Allergies
Poison Ivy symptoms occur quickly, and can show up within 12-48 hours of being exposed to the plant. Symptoms are different from person to person, and the severity of the rash depends on how much urushiol gets on the skin as well as the immunity of the individual. Symptoms normally last from 1-3 weeks, and can include:
- Difficult breathing from poison ivy being burned and inhaled
Poison ivy, although a serious condition, can be treated at home if it happens to be a mild case. If you are treating a rash at home that becomes worse, come to our Bridgeport Urgent Care to be seen by a physician immediately. Signs that you may need assistance can include
*Difficult breathing from poison ivy being burned and inhaled.
*Blisters form affected area
*Oozing of Blisters
*If symptoms proceed for three weeks
Allergy Testing & Treatment in Bridgeport When You Need It
If you are seeking allergy testing and treatment, DOCS Urgent Care of Bridgeport can assist you. Our Bridgeport location is part of a larger DOCS Urgent Care network which are all run by board-certified physicians. Our main priority is to assist all of our patients in Connecticut and provide them with affordable and quality care.