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By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
November 22, 2021
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunization  

How immunizations from your doctor in Metairie, and Covington, LA, can help you and your family stay healthy

If you are considering immunizations for yourself or for your child, it’s a smart idea. In fact, it’s the easiest and best way to prevent the spread of infectious, serious, and even deadly diseases.

Dr. Alan Sheen is an allergist who provides a wide range of allergy and asthma services, including immunizations. He has two convenient office locations in Metairie, and Covington, LA, to help you and your family stay healthy.

Before vaccines were invented, diseases and medical conditions like the flu, measles, or polio used to kill millions of people. Now, thanks to scientific research and vaccine development, many infectious diseases have been virtually wiped out.

Your doctor can help you and your family keep current on immunizations. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control or CDC recommends vaccinations for adults and children up to age 18.

For children, the CDC recommends these vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Meningococcal conjugate
  • Influenza

The first hepatitis B vaccine should be given when your child is born. Additional vaccines are given every 1 or 2 months until your child is 6 months old. Other vaccines, including the flu, are given at yearly intervals.

For adults and seniors, the CDC recommends these additional vaccinations:

  • Influenza, on a yearly basis
  • Shingles, 2 doses total
  • Pneumonia, one dose

Currently, the CDC recommends adults and seniors be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, and also children, ages 5 and above.

To download the CDC app to access immunization schedules, please click here:

Immunizations save lives, and they can save yours too. To learn more about the 2021 schedule of immunizations, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Alan Sheen in Metairie, LA, at (504) 456-1999, or in the Covington, LA, office at (985) 246-6077. Call today!

By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
September 23, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Asthma  

Do you need help dealing with your asthma in Metairie, LA, or Covington, LA? If you are experiencing signs of this ailment, visit the office of Dr. Alan Sheen today. He is an experienced Otolaryngologist and can help you with your breathing problems.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is when the lung's airways become constricted and produce excess mucus. It becomes harder to breathe as a result. 

What Are the Signs of Asthma?

If you have the following symptoms, it may be time to get treatment for asthma in Metairie, LA, or Covington, LA:

  • Short breath
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Respiratory infections
  • Constant throat irritation
  • Hard to sleep
  • Coughing at night
  • Tight throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Wheezing when you exhale
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Possible fatigue

Wheezing refers to the squeaky sound your chest makes when you exhale. This is a common symptom in children. Chest pain often happens right before you experience an attack. While you are experiencing a flare-up, you may find it hard to talk without using short phrases. Proper breathing is required for speech.

How Can My Doctor Help?

When you visit our office, Dr. Sheen will diagnose the severity of your asthma. After further review, he may suggest you carry an inhaled corticosteroid. It can help ease your symptoms when a flare-up happens. If your case is less severe, a quick inhaler may be more appropriate. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this lung disease, but our experienced staff can help you manage it with care.

Our office may also suggest oral medications to keep your lung airways open. If you are a smoker, we also suggest that you quit or attempt to quit immediately. Anything that can impede lung activity is not good for your asthma prognosis.

Having breathing difficulties can make life hard. You don't have to struggle with asthma in Metairie, LA, or Covington, LA alone. Don't hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sheen at (504) 456-1999 in Metairie, LA. You can also call his office in Covington, LA, at (985) 246-6077.

By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
June 07, 2021
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunization  

How immunizations from your doctor in Metairie, LA, can help you stay healthy

Immunizations are one of the easiest, most effective ways to protect your health. Before immunizations were available, millions of people of all ages died from influenza, pneumonia, measles, polio, and other serious and contagious diseases. You owe it to yourself and your health to make sure you are current on your immunizations, and your doctor can help.

Dr. Alan Sheen offers a wide range of medical and allergy services, including immunizations to help you stay healthy. He has two convenient office locations in Metairie, and Covington, LA, to help you.

There are many types of immunizations, appropriate for various ages. Children are one of the most vulnerable groups and should be kept current on immunizations. Immunizations are also required for a child to attend daycare and school. According to the CDC, these are the recommended and required immunizations from birth to age 18:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Meningococcal conjugate
  • Flu

Seniors are another vulnerable group who can benefit from being vaccinated. Many seniors have underlying medical conditions or weakened immune systems which make them more susceptible to contagious and serious diseases.

Recommended immunizations for seniors include:

  • Influenza every year
  • Pneumonia every year
  • Shingles, one-shot for life

There are also new vaccinations available to the public to prevent Covid-19. These vaccines have dramatically lowered the incidence of severe illness, hospitalizations, and death from Covid-19.

Remember that when you and your family are vaccinated, it protects you and everyone you come into contact with from acquiring a potentially serious illness or disease.

You and your family deserve to stay healthy and enjoy a long life. Immunizations can help. To find out more about the types of immunizations and how they can help you, call Dr. Alan Sheen in Metairie, LA, at (504) 456-1999, or Covington, LA, at (985) 246-6077. Call today!

By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
February 09, 2021
Category: Allergist
Tags: Allergies   Allergy  

Allergies can happen to anyone, sometimes they can be seasonal and relatively mild, other times they can be chronic, and you may not know the cause. If your allergy is affecting your quality of life, you should schedule an appointment to see an allergist. Dr. Alan E. Sheen is an allergy doctor in Metairie. He can help you find the cause of your allergy and provide an effective treatment.

When You Should See an Allergy Doctor

Metairie residents should see an allergist if:

  • Your allergies are causing difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, or sinus infections.
  • You experience seasonal allergy symptoms for several months each year.
  • You have tried over-the-counter allergy medications unsuccessfully.
  • Your allergies are impacting your daily activities.
  • Your allergies are impacting your quality of life.

What to Expect at Your Allergy Appointment

Before your initial visit to Dr. Sheen, you should stop taking any allergy medications. At your initial consultation, you will have your blood pressure and respiratory rate checked. You will also discuss your medical history, your symptoms, and any medications you have been taking. Dr. Sheen will then decide if any form of allergy testing is necessary. This may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Skin testing
  • A breathing test
  • A CT scan of your sinuses
  • A chest X-ray

Once Dr. Sheen has the results of your tests, he will be able to make a comprehensive diagnosis and prescribe a treatment for your allergy.

Controlling your allergy symptoms requires skill and planning. With his specialist training, Dr. Sheen can develop a treatment plan to suit your individual condition so that you can lead a healthy, symptom-free life.

If you would like to talk to Dr. Sheen about your allergies, you can reach him at his Metairie office at (504) 456-1999 and his Covington office at (985) 246-6077 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
December 30, 2020
Category: Allergist
Tags: Food Allergies  

Just as people can be allergic to pollen, soaps, pet dander, or other substances, we can also have allergies to foods, ranging from minor to severe.

While some food allergies may be easily diagnosed, such as those to peanuts or shellfish, which can result in visible facial swelling and potentially dangerous swelling of the throat, others are harder to pinpoint, causing symptoms such as bloating, abdominal distress, or eczema.

Dr. Alan E. Sheen, with offices in Metairie and Covington, LA can help you determine the source of your food allergies and develop a diet that suits your needs.

What are the types of food allergies?

Food allergies can be either fixed or cyclic, with the former both more obvious and more dangerous. Common fixed food allergies include nuts and fish, and they can cause severe reactions such as difficulty breathing or intense swelling.

Cyclic food allergies are less rare but can be hard to diagnose unless your diet is very limited, to begin with. Dairy, wheat, soy, and eggs are common food allergens. Allergic reactions may intensify if you consume larger or more frequent amounts of the trigger food, and some cyclic food allergies can be outgrown.

How do you diagnose food allergies?

Your doctor at our Metairie or Covington office can use a blood test to determine if your food allergy is fixed and if so you will need to avoid the trigger foods and may need an Epipen or other medication for quick intervention if you accidentally consume the food.

For cyclic food allergies, your doctor at our Metairie or Covington office may ask you to keep a journal of everything you eat, and will then guide you through a food elimination process, in which you pull potential trigger foods from your diet and slowly add them back in, one at a time, to see if it causes a reaction. This can be a long process, and eventually, you can try eating small amounts of the foods again on occasion

If food allergies are causing you discomfort, call our Metairie office at 504-456-1999 or our Covington office at 985-246-6077 today.

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