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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.

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

Dealing with chronic hives? Here’s what could be going on.

If you’re dealing with allergies, then you may deal with persistent or recurring hives. Hives, or urticaria, causes red, itchy raised welts to appear on the body. Everything from food allergies to stress can lead to hives; however, if you are dealing with chronic hives then it’s worth turning to our Metairie, LA, allergy doctor Dr. Alan Sheen to find out why this is happening and how to get it under control.

What causes hives?

Hives appear as a result of a histamine reaction in the body often due to,

  • An allergic reaction
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Exposure to certain chemicals
  • Skincare products

Unfortunately, it isn’t always possible to pinpoint the cause. While many cases of hives are acute, if you’ve been dealing with symptoms that last more than six weeks then you’re dealing with chronic hives. It’s time to see our Metairie, LA, allergy doctor to find out how to best get your hives under control.

What happens when I come into the office?

First, we will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms, your diet, activities and any medications or supplements you’re taking. We will also examine the rash to make sure that you are dealing with hives. If we suspect that your hives are caused by allergies, we will recommend performing skin or blood allergy testing.

How are hives treated?

If you suspect that your hives are the result of an allergy the best treatment is to avoid the allergen whenever possible. If it’s a food allergy then this simply means not eating that food; however, when you’re allergic to something outside or in your home, it can be a bit trickier to prevent exposure. In this case, there are several treatment options that our allergist will offer including,

Antihistamines: This is the standard treatment for those dealing with an allergic reaction, as antihistamines prevent the body from releasing histamines. Depending on the severity of your hives, you may simply be able to take an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl or our team will recommend a stronger antihistamine for more severe reactions.

H-2 blockers: If you find that antihistamines alone do not provide you with relief, Dr. Sheen may recommend H-2 blockers, which are taken either as a pill or injected into the body.

Corticosteroids: These medications are great for treating swelling and redness associated with hives. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, oral or topical steroids may help ease these symptoms.

Asthma medication: While it might sound odd, studies have found that a certain prescription medication used to treat severe forms of allergic asthma may also alleviate symptoms of chronic hives.

Are you looking for an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly allergy doctor here in Metairie and Covington, LA? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Sheen has been providing allergy care to patients of all ages for more than 35 years. To discuss your allergy treatment options with a professional, call Dr. Sheen at his Metairie office at (504) 456-1999 or at his Covington office at (985) 246-6077.

By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
May 26, 2020
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccines   Child Health  

Keeping your child healthy and strong throughout their life is a top priority as a parent. This means making sure they have their immunizations at the right stages of life, they eat healthy meals, and that they receive plenty of exercise. Dr. Alan E Sheen is an allergist based in Metairie, LA. He specializes in immunizations and the treatment of allergies to keep your child as healthy as possible—read on to learn more.

Immunizations

Immunizations are important for your child to prevent them from catching many diseases that would otherwise be life-threatening. Because vaccines are given at different ages and some need regular booster shots, it can be confusing to know when it’s the right time to get your child immunized. Accordingly, parents in Metairie, LA, schedule their children’s vaccines with Dr. Sheen to ensure that they are always up to date.

Nutrition

A healthy diet is essential for your child’s physical, mental, and emotional growth. You can easily make healthy meals more fun by getting creative with colors and shapes. Make sure your child eats plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and has plenty of fiber in their diet. Additionally, make sure to avoid fast food and beverages that are loaded with sugar.

Exercise

Children age six and over need an hour of exercise at least three days a week. This is important for their growing bones and muscles and helps prevent obesity. Participating in outdoor activities with your child, whether it’s throwing a ball, riding bicycles, or going for walks, is a great way for both of you to get some aerobic exercise. On rainy days, break out some kid’s dance or exercise videos and make it fun.

If you are looking for a pediatric allergist or you want to update your child’s immunizations, you can contact Dr. Sheen at his Metairie office at (504) 456-1999 or at his Covington office at (985) 246-6077.





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