Allergy Testing & Treatment in West Hartford, CT

DOCS Urgent Care of West Hartford offers allergy treatments and allergy shots for traditional allergens to the surrounding community. The expert allergists at our West Hartford location are available by scheduled appointment or by walk-in appointment seven days a week!

Our board-certified physicians and trained staff are ready to give you high-quality care for an affordable price.  Our patients are our main priority, and we accept most insurances to assure that we can give you the care you deserve. 


DOCS URGENT CARE – West Hartford

983 New Britain Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06110




What to Know About Allergy Shots & Treatment

WHY Are Allergy Shots?

Allergy shots are similar to vaccines, and function off of the principle of Immunotherapy. These injections of allergens are given in small doses over the course of three to five years. Allergy shots are known to reduce and prevent future allergy attacks by enabling the body to build up defenses against the foreign bodies that enter it.

Over time, the allergists at our West Hartford clinic will increase the dosages of allergens in each injection, to help strengthen the body’s immunity to the specific allergen. 

What Type of Allergens Can Immunotherapy Treat?

Our Immunotherapy services at our West Hartford clinic can help appropriately treat the most common allergens. These include:

Indoor allergensTypical indoor allergens such as mold, dust mites, cockroaches and pet dander. These allergens are known to affect those who suffer from year-long allergy symptoms. 

Insect allergens –Allergic reactions caused by stings and bites from wasps, hornets, bees or yellow jackets.

Seasonal allergiesAllergy 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 West Hartford recommend the perfect treatment plan for you.


Poison Ivy and Rashes

The oily resin known as urushiol sits on the leaves, stems, and roots of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac plants. When it comes in contact with the skin, it can cause rashes and itchiness. 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 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:
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Blisters
  • Difficult breathing from poison ivy being burned and inhaled

Allergy Treatment

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 West Hartford 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 Bethel When You Need It

If you are seeking allergy testing and treatment, DOCS Urgent Care of West Hartford can assist you. Our West Hartford location is part of a larger DOCS Urgent Care network. Our main priority is to assist all of our patients in Connecticut and provide them with affordable and quality care from board-certified physicians.


During this surge in COVID-19 cases, our primary focus is meeting the high demand for tests, and we are seeing higher than usual wait times. This means we are unable to answer most phone calls. Please know that our teams are working very hard during this time to care for as many patients as safely as possible. Please click the button below for answers to common questions. We appreciate your understanding.